COVID-19 has left the world fighting with one of the worst pandemics in the world. COVID-19 mainly damages the lung but it has now been confirmed that the coronavirus is capable of damaging many other organs including the brain, heart and kidneys too. What is more concerning at the moment is that there are chances of reinfections as well. Yes, reinfection is real and here we are going to tell you about everything that you need to know about.
Reinfection is now common
Reports of reinfection have become common after the emergence of the Omicron variant. By far, the Omicron variant is the most mutated version of the highly infectious virus. There are reports of research that suggest that the risk of reinfection increased quickly and substantially after the variant arrived.
How common are reinfections
The United Kingdom classifies reinfection as someone receiving a new positive COVID-19 test result more than 3 months after being infected with the coronavirus. It has recently started publishing data on reinfections on its COVID dashboard. According to data till February 6, 2022, there have been around 620,000 cases of reinfections in England. Over 50 per cent of these cases were reported since December 1, 2021. This clearly suggests that the risk of reinfection has increased substantially with omicron.
Are reinfections milder?
It has been noted that primary infections in those who are fully vaccinated (with some COVID immunity) are less severe than primary infections in unvaccinated people. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that reinfections should be less severe than primary infections. This is because those once infected will have some kind of immunity.
Do reinfections strengthen immunity?
Several studies suggest certainly yes. A prior infection gives similar protection against infection with Omicron as two doses of vaccine. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that reinfections boost immunity of our body.