Fortis, a private hospital released a statement about 27-year-old woman who tested positive for the virus again which appears to be a scary situation of the recurrence of such devastating virus.
The woman was tested positive in July for the first time after she got symptoms fever of cough, she was fit after treatment and tested negative. Her symptoms were also not a severe one. After being discharged from the hospital, her symptoms of COVID erupted again in one month.
In an interview Dr Pratik Patil, Consultant, Infectious Diseases, Fortis Hospital, Bannerghatta Road mentioned, “In the first week of July, the patient was symptomatic (fever, cough and sore throat) and was tested positive. She was admitted to the hospital and recovered well. A repeat test was conducted on her, which turned out to be negative, post which she was discharged on July 24. However, nearly after a month, in the last week of August, she developed mild symptoms again and has tested positive again. Both times she did not have any severe disease. This is possibly the first reported case of COVID reinfection in Bangalore.”
He further added, “’Usually, in case of infection, the COVID Immunoglobulin G antibody is tested positive after two to three weeks of infection. However, in this patient, the antibody has tested negative, which means she did not develop immunity after infection. There is second assumption to this that the IgG antibodies disappeared in nearly one month, leaving her susceptible for reinfection. Reinfection in someone means that antibodies may not be produced by every individual or if they do develop, they may not last long enough, and therefore, allowing the virus to enter the body and cause the disease again.”