You can get reinfected with Covid-19 but still have immunity. Let’s explain. 

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  • August 24, 2020
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A human B-cell. These are the immune system cells that make antibodies. | NIAID

A 33-year-old man was confirmed to be reinfected with Covid-19. This likely isn’t as bad as it sounds. 

Researchers in Hong Kong have reported that a 33-year-old man has been reinfected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus the causes the Covid-19 disease. There have been anecdotal reports of reinfections in the US, but this time researchers have clearer evidence: They determined the genetic signature of the second infection did not match that of the first.

There’s still a lot not known about the case. The researchers, who are medical scientists from the University of Hong Kong, announced their finding in a press release. (They say a paper in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases is forthcoming; a few pages of the report are circulating on Twitter.) When the report is finally published,


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