The media has got your bowels running scarred again as news filters through of a case of re-infection of COVID-19 virus, 4 months after the first bout. The vaccine won’t work and we are all doomed.
This raises fear that we are going to be stuck indoors for every. However before we stain our pants we have to look at the information.
When this idea first raised its ugly head many months ago people were going back to hospital within a couple of weeks of being discharged with a negative SARS-COV-2 test..The media went off on one and we soiled our pants…doom and gloom. However, it turns out the test is not perfect you can give a negative test when you are still positive and you shed viral fragments from your guts for weeks after it stops going from your nose. However, the test generally just picks but viral fragments and not infective virus. The South Koreans contract traced hundreds of these so called re-infected people and guess what? Not a single person contacted became infected. So you needed to buy some new trousers for no good reason. Alternatively were you going to wash them?
However the media are back at it we have someone with two confimed different strains, we soil ourselves again and destroy our new pants so they have to go online again….now we read the fine print
To et al. COVID-19 re-infection by a phylogenetically distinct SARS-coronavirus-2 strain confirmed by whole genome sequencing, Clinical Infectious Diseases, , ciaa1275, https://doi.org/10.1093/cid/ciaa1275
It says “The second episode of asymptomatic infection occurred 142 days after the first symptomatic episode in an apparently immunocompetent patient. During the second episode, there was serological evidence of elevated C-reactive protein and SARS-CoV-2 IgG seroconversion” So when the person got infected a second time they did not get symptoms…..This is what I call immunity. To think that your immune system can stop you being in contact with the virus again is daft. The point of immunity is that you deal with the infection the second time..the person had no symptoms.
Now take a monkey you infect it the first time round the monkeys get fever and body weight loss as a sign of being unwell and they make virus for 7-10days they get re-infected the next time they have abit of a fever for a day and dont make any virus….They are immune.
It is not rocket science but it is amazing the number of scientists who have made comments and themselves without reading the paper. More washing and you look a right charlie. it could be worst:-)
I am sure there will be cases of re-infection however the question is whether it is going to be the norm like with some cold-causing coronaviruses however, enough immunity to stop SARS-COV-2 from being a killer would be a positive step. As for how the vaccine will fair, I have my views and I wonder if just going the Spike protein is the most sensible thing. Time will tell.
However it seeems that if you had ripp-roaring COVID your antibody response may presist for a good few months, but if the symptoms were not noticable then the antibody response may not develop or it may not persist for more than a few days/weeks. So many people may be immune but have nothing to show for it. The issue may be then will people get bad injection site reactions when the.y eventually get a vaccine