Earlier on Tuesday we reported that new research has identified an 89-year-old Dutch woman who was actually the first known patient to be killed after being reinfected with COVID-19. But an equally important discovery was revealed Monday night in an exclusive report by WSJ, which cited new research about to be published by the British medical journal the Lancet, the same journal that published some of the first research on the virus by Chinese scientists (data later used to help justify the lockdowns that swept across the West).
A Nevada man has become at least the fifth known case of a patient confirmed to have likely been reinfected with the virus. The resident of Nevada's Washoe County had no known immune disorders, or any other underlying conditions, yet he sought treatment at a hospital after testing positive for a second time.
Though the Nevada patient has now recovered, his case, along with the aforementioned case of the woman in the Netherlands, are raising new questions about the permanence of COVID-19 immunity, which raises new problems for proponents of both lockdowns and a strategy that more closely resembles "herd immunity", which the WHO's Dr. Tedros recently denounced as immoral.
The 25-year-old patient became "seriously ill" after being reinfected with what appears to have been a different strain of the virus. Remember, the WHO has estimated that 1 in 10 people around the world (the global population as of Tuesday: 7.7 billion according to the Census bureau's population clock) has already contracted the virus. Previously, scientists had assumed that practically all of them would still be immune.
During the first go-round, the patient exhibited symptoms consistent with COVID-19: fever, soar throat, cough, headache, nausea and diarrhea, among other symptoms. These symptoms fully cleared during isolation by April 27. Then, on June 5, 48 days after the initial positive test, the patient contracted the virus for the second time. His condition was found to be symptomatically “more severe” than the first. He required treatment for shortness of breath.
To be sure, there have been hundreds of thousands of documented cases where COVID-19 sufferers saw their symptoms ebb and flow repeatedly over months, something that has been informally dubbed "long-hauler" syndrome by its sufferers. But the researchers who published the report said they determined that the second infection was caused by a different strain of the virus.
This is because a comparison of the genetic codes showed “significant differences” between each variant associated with each instance of infection. “These findings suggest that the patient was infected by SARS-CoV-2 on two separate occasions by a genetically distinct virus. Thus, previous exposure to SARS-CoV-2 might not guarantee total immunity in all cases,” the authors of the study said. “All individuals, whether previously diagnosed with COVID-19 or not, should take identical precautions to avoid infection with SARS-CoV-2,” they added.
In summary, the big difference between the Nevada patient and past instances of confirmed reinfection in Hong Kong, the Netherlands and Belgium all showed that the second instance was milder than the first. Of course, for the Nevada patient, and the elderly Dutch woman who succumbed to the second infection, that wasn't the case.