Pakistan was recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for its great work in containing the novel coronavirus outbreak in the country. Just when everyone thought the country had succeeded in keeping COVID-19 cases to a bare minimum, it seems like a second wave of the pandemic has struck again. According to experts and doctors employed at different health facilities, some people have been re-infected with the virus and have reported severe symptoms this time around, compared to those who have been diagnosed with the infection for the first time. Health specialists have advised people, especially older age groups, to continue to take precautions in public.
They added that the reoccurrence of respiratory illness is a common phenomenon, reported The News. “I have personally seen three to four cases of the COVID-19’s re-infection at the Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), who came with severe symptoms,” said Dr Saeed Khan, an associate professor and head of molecular pathology at the Dow varsity. He claimed that those infected with COVID-19 had “short-lived” antibodies, while some people lacked antibodies despite getting infected with the coronavirus in the first wave.
“Re-infection is not a very widespread phenomenon here in Karachi, but doctors at different hospitals in the city are seeing one or two patients with COVID-19 re-infection. We have not seen any death after re-infection, but some patients have been observed with severe symptoms, who require admission and even life-support after getting re-infected,” Dr Khan added. Dr Zeeshan Ansari was also of the same opinion. “Re-infection with viruses, especially those causing respiratory illnesses, is not very uncommon. It has happened in the case of MERS, SARS and other members of coronavirus family and this can happen with SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19) too,” he mentioned. Another health physician, Dr Harris Hassan Qureshi from the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT), Karachi, posted a message on Facebook, requesting people to take preventive measures, especially those who had acquired the infection previously. He noted that people had started getting re-infected with the COVID-19 all over the world, including Pakistan.