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Should you be less afraid about the new COVID variety if you've experienced COVID before?
27 Jan' 21

Should you be less afraid about the new COVID variety if you've experienced COVID before?

 

 

Is it possible to catch COVID-19 twice?  

Most people begin to feel invincible after fighting COVID-19 and recovering from it. They begin to believe that they will never be infected again or that they would never experience severe symptoms. While the chances of reinfection are exceedingly remote, given the recent development of novel variations and numerous mutations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes it is possible.  

  

Those who recover from coronavirus, on the other hand, have a natural immunity that, according to scientists, can endure for many months or more. The immunological response, however, may range from person to person, depending on age, gender, a pre-existing sickness, and the severity of infection. 

  

What happens if you are infected with COVID-19?  

When the SARs-COV-2 virus infects you, your body develops immunological responses to fight off the alien pathogens, generating inflammatory markers that cause major alterations in your immune system. To put it another way, when the immune system recognizes a virus, it sends out defense antibodies and white blood cells to kill the infected cells. The innate immune response is what this is called.  

  

Adaptive immune response, on the other hand, is made up of cells that make specific antibodies as well as T cells. While the former clings to the virus in order to stop it, the latter aids in the attack on infected cells only. This procedure, however, takes time. However, once created, it has the potential to leave a permanent memory of the infection, providing the person with maximum protection. 

 

Read more What is the COVID-19 vaccine booster? Do you need it after being fully vaccinated?

  

Is it guaranteed to protect you from re-infection?  

Despite the fact that the number of COVID reinfection cases has been extremely low, various considerations must be taken into account.  

  

It's important to remember that the new coronavirus has been affecting our lives for over a year and a half. Many people were infected, some died from the virus, and the majority of people recovered and developed probable immunity. However, because those infections occurred months or even a year ago, immunity from the natural infection may have waned over time, resulting in possible reinfection. 

  

Is it true that if you've had a severe COVID infection, you'll have better immunity?  

Severe COVID-19 infection causes more symptoms than a mild infection. In the case of severe coronavirus infection, combating the infection may be more difficult. More severe infection, on the other hand, would mean that the body would double down on its efforts to destroy the virus and mount a strong immune response.  

  

Although there is little clinical data to back up these assertions, case studies and observations show that COVID patients with severe symptoms have stronger memory T-cell responses. 

Vaccination's Function  

Because immunizations have shown to be our most effective weapon against the deadly virus, it is critical that we receive both the COVID-19 vaccine doses and boosters, if your government has begun to provide them.  

  

Whether you've been infected with COVID-19 before or not, immunizations provide you the best chance of avoiding infection. Unvaccinated people are not only in danger of contracting COVID-19, but they are also more likely to become infected again if they have already been infected. 

  

Are new varieties exacerbating the problem?  

The SARs-COV-2 virus has become more unpredictable and infectious than its original strain as it continues to change.  

  

The second coronavirus wave is a living example of how mutations can raise the level of transmissibility and severity among humans. The Delta variety has taken a huge toll on individuals all around the world up to now. Infection occurred in both unprotected and vaccinated people, significantly complicating conditions for everyone.  

  

The new variety, Omicron, which was first discovered in South Africa, has now been designated as a variant of concern by the World Health Organization (WHO). According to recent reports, the World Health Organization has stated that, based on early information, there may be a higher risk of reinfection with Omicron than with other strains of concern. However, it also stated that the information is accurate. 

 

Read more Pregnancy during COVID 19: How can it affect you and your baby?

  

Why shouldn't we relax our guard?  

While the number of COVID cases in India has decreased significantly, no one can predict how or when the next COVID wave would strike. The new variation is claimed to be widespread, more transmissible, and virulent, having been found in over ten nations. Health officials, on the other hand, continue to advise individuals to take all essential safeguards. Some of the most crucial things to take include wearing a mask, maintaining social distance, and exercising proper hygiene.

Aside from that, people who have not yet had their vaccines must do so as soon as possible. 

 

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