Nima Wangdi

If you are one of those who recovered from Covid-19, here is the news: you can get it again. That means you are likely to undergo the same suffering again.

Health experts say that it is not known for how long a person who recovered from Covid-19 is immune to the virus. However, it is said that the recovered person is immune for months.

World’s renowned science websites state that due to the paucity of broad testing and surveillance, it is not known how frequently reinfection occurs among individuals who recovered from first infection.

Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering, during a recent interview, said Covid-19 reinfection is definitely there but the rate is not known. He said, whatever rate is available is arguable as the reinfection among non-vaccinated groups, among Caucasians and Asian could differ.

“No global study has been done on Covid-19 reinfection but there are some regional studies which can’t be generalised,” Lyonchhen said.

Going by research report in Lancet, a reputed science publication, vast majority of people who have had Covid-19 are protected from catching it again for six months. However, people in the ages of 65 and older are far more likely than younger individuals to experience repeat infection.

“For some viruses, the first infection can provide lifelong immunity; for seasonal coronaviruses, protective immunity is short-lived,” a research stated. It stated that a 25-year old man from Washoe Country is Nevada, Nevada was found to have infected again in 48 days after the initial infection.

The researchers have also analysed data from Denmark’s national Covid-19 testing program that very small percentage of the population experienced reinfection.

It was learned that for those 65 and under, getting the coronavirus once provided roughly 80 percent protection against reinfection. But for people 65 and older, it provided only about 47 percent protection. This highlights how dangerous this disease can be for older adults.

A recent study published in the Clinical Infectious Disease journal showed that the second time infection tends to be less severe complications compared to the first. “But second infections still carry a risk of severe disease and health.”

“It has been known that people with diabetes are at increased risk for severe disease if they develop Covid-19 especially if they have high blood glucose levels or other conditions known to affect Covid-19 outcomes like respiratory problems or obesity,” Internet sources stated.

More recently, it has come to light that those who survive Covid-19 are much more likely to develop diabetes in the months following their illness. People who have recovered from Covid-19 may experience lasting health problems including depression.