July 13, 2021: Kerala student, India’s first COVID-19 patient, infected again with virus
A medical student from Kerala’s Thrissur district, who saw the first COVID-19 case in India last January, caught the virus again, it said on Tuesday. After a hiatus of a year and a half, she tested positive on routine COVID-19 tests prior to her flight to Delhi. Allegedly the woman remains asymptomatic. Her RT-PCR test was positive, but her antigen test was found negative.
Details: patient stable; Source of infection unknown: officials
The woman’s health is stable, but the source of the infection remains unknown. She is currently at home, said KJ Reena, district doctor for the Thrissur District PTI. TNIE quoted Reena as saying, “There are cases when people become infected with the virus a second time. This can be one such case. We are in close contact with her and monitor her health.”
Fact: isolate at home, have only mild symptoms: patient
Confirmation of development too TNIE, The 20-year-old woman said, “I did a COVID-19 test before going to Delhi. The antigen test was negative but the RT-PCR was positive. I have only mild symptoms and I am currently in domestic isolation. “
Initial infection: patient tested positive for the first time after returning from Wuhan
The young woman, a native of Mathilakam, was first detected with the virus on January 30, 2020 on her return trip from the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the virus was first reported worldwide. She was treated for weeks at Thrissur Medical College Hospital. She was discharged from the hospital on February 20, 2020 after a negative test. Apparently she has not yet been vaccinated.
COVID-19: India’s COVID-19 balance sheet tops 3.09 crore
Meanwhile, India continues to struggle with COVID-19. According to the latest update, the nation reported over 31,000 new infections with more than 2,000 deaths in a single day. After two brutal waves of the outbreak, India has reported a cumulative figure of 3.09 million euros in infections (the second highest in the world) and a death toll of 4.08 lakh (the third highest in the world). Experts are now warning of a third wave.
Reinfections: Reinfections are rare but possible
Although reinfections with the coronavirus are rare, re-infection with SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) is quite possible. The immunity against the virus achieved after infection is said to last a few weeks to a few months. In addition, the emergence of new variants of COVID-19 through multiple mutations could also enable the virus to develop an “immune escape” mechanism.
Delta Plus: Reinfections with Delta + variant mild: Expert
With the advent of the Delta Plus variant in India, a new mutation in the Delta line, the fear of increased reinfections is growing. While the research is inconclusive, some experts say reinfections with the Delta Plus variant so far have been mild and do not require hospitalization. Experts also said the lack of genome sequencing makes it difficult to accurately diagnose re-infections.
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