World, report first death due to COVID-19 reinfection
According to the virologist Marion Koopmans, the patient had to be admitted to the hospital in the first wave of infections, after developing symptoms such as high fever and severe cough, but she was discharged after five days and tested negative in two PCRs on those who were subjected to after symptoms disappeared.
An 89-year-old Dutch woman, one of 25 known SARS-CoV-2 reinfection cases in the world, died from the effects of the second time she fell ill with COVID-19, exacerbated by a rare form of bone marrow cancer. suffered, and it becomes the first known death from a coronavirus reinfection.
The Dutch patient also suffered from a disease known as Waldenström's Macroglobulinemia, a rare form of bone marrow cancer, so her immune system had been affected for months.
Two months after overcoming COVID-19, the woman began new chemotherapy sessions, but the patient began to have a fever, cough and suffer from severe shortness of breath only two days later, for which she was readmitted to the hospital.
She underwent a PCR, in which she was positive, but she was negative in two serological tests that were done to detect if she still had antibodies against the virus in her blood, after the first time she was infected.
Within eight days of hospital admission, the patient's health condition drastically deteriorated and she died two weeks later.
"She probably died in the end from the coronavirus, but she was also very sick," Koopmans, who is participating in a follow-up of reinfections being carried out by the University of Oxford, told the local press.
The Dutch virologist stressed that today there are around 25 known cases of reinfection worldwide, and in most cases less severe symptoms developed than during the first infection.
Scientists assume that reinfections are still exceptions, although Koopmans believes there will be more but clarifies that the important question remains whether this is typical of COVID-19, because in many cases the second infection took place just two months after the first infection.
Although he hopes that most people who have overcome a first infection with coronavirus are now protected for longer against COVID-19, he acknowledged that, in any case, this will not last a lifetime because that has never been seen with any virus respiratory.