Seat – The Seattle man will probably look very lucky after surviving CO twice in COVID-19. Her case is only the third case in the United States where doctors have confirmed re-infection.
Doctors at a Swedish medical hospital say the patient is a 60-year-old man who lives in a nursing home and has contracted the virus again. He first caught coronavirus in March and spent more than 40 days in hospital in a severe case of the virus. Then in July, he was once again hospitalized with symptoms.
To say the least – the test results were troubled, he had the virus again, but it was a different strain. Fortunately, for him, the doctors said his second round was less serious.
This revelation is yet another thing that makes COVID-19 very mysterious and uncertain for the medical community.
Many people know what it is like to experience the real fear of being infected with a virus. But for those who have signed it a second time, fear is an understatement.
“There’s not a day that I don’t think about my experience and that day doesn’t go by, what it feels like when I get sick again,” said Michael Flore, a coronavirus survivor.
“I’m terrified of getting it back. I can’t imagine anything bad going on,” David said.
It was something that was feared possible, but getting confirmation is especially difficult for many COVID-19 survivors.
“I have no recollection of my first month in the ICU, I really have no recollection of what people told me.”
Floor was hospitalized in early March for the virus. Because of this he caused such serious complications, he was put in an induced coma. At one point, doctors called his wife and children and told them it looked like he wouldn’t make it. The nurses helped FaceTime with him to say goodbye to his family.
“She’s very emotional, I don’t remember any of it, but I could hear the shock in her voice, it was hard, it was hard to hear and maybe the first time we talked about her I realized I almost” died, ” David said.
Now, with confirmation that a Seattle patient has caught the virus twice, it is imperative for Floor to think about what happens; What if with it.
“It’s very painful to eat … to re-infect. You know how many times you can dodge a bullet? And I’ve thought about it. You know if I get sick again I’ll beat it a second time. Can? “” I don’t know, it’s scary, “said Flore.
David tested positive for COVID-19 in early March. But her symptoms did not go away quickly. He became incredibly ill constantly, even after he largely left his system.
David said fighting his long-term symptoms is still a big struggle, but he is slowly recovering. But the thought of re-thinking the virus scares him.
“In a word it’s horrible, horrible,” he said.
It’s a feeling he knows he’s not alone in.
“Reinfection is definitely a big issue in the support group I’m in … for some it’s a big concern, a big concern,” David said.
Reinfection is a huge field that the medical community is starting to learn more about. The Washington State Health Department says one challenge is that to get official confirmation that someone has received the virus twice, they need to be able to test their initial positive swab, which is often not available for clinics to throw away. Get them out after a certain period of time. The DOH says it is working on establishing a protocol going forward that will help them better identify reunions.