Hong Kong man reported to be ‘first case’ of Coronavirus reinfection
U.S. COVID-19 cases hit 2 month low. Investigation into NFL’s coronavirus false positives. KFC ditches classic slogan due to coronavirus.
Hong Kong scientists report that a healthy man in his 30s has become reinfected with Wuhan Coronavirus four and a half months after his first bout.
They say genome sequencing shows the two strains of the virus are “clearly different”, making it the world’s first proven case of reinfection.
The World Health Organization warns it is important not to jump to conclusions based on the case of one patient.
And experts say reinfections may be rare and not necessarily serious.
During his first bout with COVID-19 in March, the man suffered from cold/flu symptoms (cough, sore throat, fever and headache) for three days. Genetic tests indicate the strain of the second, more recent infection, was different from the first.
Then during his second episode, the patient was returning to Hong Kong from traveling in Spain via the United Kingdom, and he tested positive during his entry screening at the Hong Kong airport on August 15, the researchers said. The man was hospitalized again but remained asymptomatic.
“The patient got re-infected 4.5 months after the first infection. Therefore, it shows that for this patient, the immunity induced by the first infection is short lasting,” Dr. Kelvin Kai-Wang To of the University of Hong Kong, who worked on the study, said in an email to CNN.
For the study, researchers at the university and various hospitals in Hong Kong analyzed specimens collected from the patient 10 days after his symptoms emerged in the first episode and then one day after hospitalization for the second episode.
Genetic analysis suggested that the first infection was from a strain of the coronavirus most closely related to strains from the United States or England, and the second infection was most closely related to strains from Switzerland and England.
This case demonstrates that reinfection may result in milder or no symptoms upon a second infection, which is good news.
In other good news, the US is reporting the lowest number of new cases in two months.
The university’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering showed about 34,500 cases, nationally. That’s the fewest number of new cases since 30,500 on June 22.
The U.S. average over the previous six days was 44,000. There were about 450 coronavirus deaths on Sunday, the lowest figure in a week.
I have previously noted the troubling number of false positives. A private New Jersey laboratory contracted to handle coronavirus testing for multiple professional sporting leagues recently investigated dozens of false-positive diagnoses among NFL organizations over the weekend.
BioReference Laboratories launched an investigation after 77 tests returned inaccurate results and connected the problem to specimen preparation, one of four situations that can lead to false positives, Executive Chairman Jon Cohen said on CNBC Monday.
“We identified relatively quickly that the analyzers and the reagents were all fine,” he told Jim Cramer in a “Mad Money” interview, adding “we honed down pretty quickly that we knew it was specimen preparing issue at the very beginning.”
The NFL works with five labs across the country to handle coronavirus testing for its 32 franchises. BioReference is the only to have discovered false positives, which included players, coaches and staff from 11 clubs.
Finally, Kentucky Fried Chicken has decided to pause using its “finger lickin’ good” slogan because of the epidemic.
Several months after health officials recommended everyone stop touching their faces to help stop the spread of coronavirus, KFC said Monday that the 64-year-old slogan “doesn’t feel quite right.”
“We find ourselves in a unique situation — having an iconic slogan that doesn’t quite fit in the current environment,” said Catherine Tan-Gillespie, global chief marketing officer at KFC in a statement. The menu isn’t changing and the company said the slogan will return when the “time is right.”
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T-cell immunity does not prevent the kind of reinfection that might show up on testing.
It takes a day or two for the immune system to ramp up and produce antibodies. During which time you have no symptoms and probably can’t spread the disease.
Right according to this.
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If this patient had not been screened while traveling, nobody would have ever known about the symptomless reinfection, because his immune system functioned the way it is supposed to, by respond swiftly to a known pathogen.
And this kind of asymptomatic “re-infection” could happen with many known viruses, including the flu and other coronaviruses. We just don’t test for it because it’s not a big deal. Leave it to recency biases to try and change our whole fickle perspective on disease.
This is exactly how immunity works from both previous exposures and vaccines. Future exposures to the pathogen do not result in disease because the pathogen is recognized and destroyed quickly, which is the whole point.
The headline and article were written to deliberately mislead and spread fear.
Thanks, Communist China!
It will forever be known as China’s Wuhan virus, intentionally spread by China’s Communist Party. Sounds to me like a coldly calculated terror attack.
And it was all on the radar since last fall – stories of Communist Chinese stealing lab virus samples in Vancouver…etc…
What would an enemy state have done differently in running a psycho-ops operation. NOTHING.
Currently I suspect the Communist Chinese released a different strain to kill their protestors and a milder strain for the West…..
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KFC only now figures that it’s slogan isn’t appropriate–after the dung hit the ventilator with a vengence close to 6 months ago? Smells like another bogus attempt of a corporation to get socially “woke” and with it.
Wait… they’re saying you shouldn’t lick your own fingers or someone elses? The article wasnt clear.
For some reason, I think that what I consider to be the German version of “F*#$ YOU!” is appropriate as an answer to the finger lickin’ deniers.
LECK MICH AM ARSCH!
Alternate news headline for normal people:For Members Under 21 Years of age:
Man with mild symptoms from coronavirus who recovered fully tests positive a second time (though completely asymptomatic) upon return from a round-the-world trip.
Oh for an edit function, if just to take out cut and paste nonsense and typos. My comment was for all ages haha!
Is there a new definition of Reinfection now? The RE prefix would indicate that the patient had a second infection of the same type of virus as his first infection.
However, the extracts quoted in this post stress, repeatedly, that the two strains of the virus are “clearly different.” If they are different, then it cannot be defined as a RE(peat)infection.
What am I missing? Or is someone just trying to ramp up fears that would allow Our Betters to continue to plague us (so to speak)?
Not all mutations are considered equal.
Sometimes, viruses have mutated enough to become no longer identifiable as a strain of the same parent virus.
Many times though, the mutation(s) is/are slight enough to label the virus as a variant. Variants can sometimes re-infect but aren’t often known to factor significantly into epidemiology.
This link below is a CDC explanation of variants of the parent swine flu strain designated H1N1. You can see that they aren’t a big deal, and that is the likely the case here as well.
Thank you, healthguyfsu. I appreciate your taking the time to give me a serious answer that has ended my puzzlement.
Anybody else remember the first rule to avoid infection that we all (well, some of us) learned in fifth grade health class?
Wash your hands.
It’s like half the world didn’t care.
(Oh, yes, and refrain from licking door knobs.)
Hey 30 years back studies found like 40% of men did not wash their hands after going to the bathroom.
“Governor Wolf Knows What Every Tyrant Knows – The Best Way To Control A Population Is To Keep It In Fear
Years ago, when the Communist nation of Albania finally opened up to the West, a friend of mine was one of the first Americans to be posted to our new embassy in the Albanian capital of Tirana. One of the first things that struck him, as it does most visitors to the nation to this day, was the presence of concrete pillboxes everywhere. They dot Albania like strange manmade mushrooms guarding the beaches, sitting in the middle of plowed fields, watching over vacant lots.
My friend asked an Albanian shopkeeper one day about the pillboxes, eager to understand why they had been built. The response was startling and illuminating.
“They were built to keep you Americans from invading.”
No one ever contemplated invading Albania, a tiny, poor Balkan nation. It was never perceived as a threat to American national security. Its brutal, Maoist dictator, Enver Hoxha, however, knew what all good tyrants know. The best way to keep a population under control and to convince it to accept the loss of liberty is to convince it that it is under assault. A people cowering in fear of “invasion” will more readily submit, give up its rights and allow itself to be ruled by a dictator.
Hoxha knew this. Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania knows it too…..”
Glad that KFC is on it.
“What Is Gilead’s Role In The War On Hydroxychloroquine?
Is Gilead, the maker of Remdesivir, waging war on HCQ (hydroxychloroquine)?
Attacks on the drug have been continuous ever since Dr. Didier Raoult used this quinine derivative to save the lives of COVID-19 patients last March…..”