Reinfection News Clip Library
Reinfection with SARS2 can result in more severe COVID-19 illness. Local and national news outlets have reported this since 2020.
People, stories and sometimes outlets are falsely claiming one infection confers lifetime immunity to COVID-19. The following clips from the testandtrace.com and TracingCOVID newsletter archives show nontrivial reinfection has been proven, and doubted, and proven again.
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Nov. 23, 2021 Yes, you can get COVID-19 more than once. What to know about reinfections. Vaccinations are recommended even for those who've had COVID-19. It's all a matter of reducing your risk of getting sick. Perhaps very sick. (The Philadelphia Inquirer) -
Nov. 23, 2021 Reinfection hits 4,568 in Indiana Having 2nd positive after 90 days (Journal Gazette) - “Reinfections are different from so-called ‘breakthrough’ cases that occur when people have tested positive, get fully vaccinated, then test positive again at least 14 days from their vaccination. Some infections may be counted in both categories, Megan Wade-Taxter said in an email.”
Nov. 21, 2021 Breakthrough cases get attention. But how many Idaho COVID cases are reinfections? (Idaho Press) - “How do they know? Public health analysts can cross-reference COVID-19 case records with immunization records and pinpoint when a person was “fully vaccinated” — two weeks out from their final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine — and the timeframe of their infection.”
Nov. 20, 2021 After COVID-19 infection you still need your shots, study finds. Young adults may be more vulnerable (The Union Democrat) -
Nov. 19, 2021 Nevada student suing over university vaccination mandates (Las Vegas Review-Journal) - "Jonah Gold claims there is no solid evidence that people who recover from COVID-19 ever lose their immunity."
Nov. 18, 2021 State adds breakthrough, reinfection COVID-19 data to dashboard (KOMU NBC 8 Missouri) -
Nov. 15, 2021 Doctors Say Spike In COVID-19 Cases Includes First-Time Infections And Reinfections (KDKA CBS 2 Pittsburgh) - Doctors say the spike includes both first-time infections and people who are getting reinfected with the virus. And as of Monday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health is counting reinfections in cumulative case counts.
Nov. 15, 2021 Doctors Say Spike In COVID-19 Cases Includes First-Time Infections And Reinfections (KDKA CBS 2 Pittsburgh) -
Nov. 13, 2021 Contrary to claim in Becker News article, not all cases of infection lead to immunity; falsely claims that most COVID-19 deaths weren’t caused by COVID-19 but by comorbidities (Health Feedback) - An online news outlet reported a false claim about impossibility of reinfections. The outlet attributed the claim, falsely, to the CDC.
Oct. 8, 2021 Mutant of delta variant blamed for Nevada man’s rapid reinfection (Las Vegas Review-Journal) -
🥼↔️🥼 Oct. 1, 2021 The durability of immunity against reinfection by SARS-CoV-2: a comparative evolutionary study (Lancet Microbe) - “Reinfection by SARS-CoV-2 under endemic conditions would likely occur between 3 months and 5·1 years after peak antibody response, with a median of 16 months.”
📊 Sep. 21, 2021 COVID-19 REINFECTIONS* AND BREAKTHROUGH CASES** BY MONTH AS OF SEPTEMBER 20, 2021 (Oklahoma.gov) - A chart within this document’s subsection shows the rate for unvaccinated reinfections was double that of post-vaccination infections for September 2021.
Jan. 29, 2021 Some Experts Claim Covid-19 Reinfections Are ‘Not A Huge Problem’—But Nobody’s Tracking The Numbers (Forbes) - “The only place that seems to be even attempting to track reinfections is a Dutch news site that has counted over 9,000 cases of suspected reinfection. But to know for sure would require a genetic sequence of the virus in both the first and second diagnosis to compare whether the new infection is a genetically distinct virus or the same from the original infection.”
Dec. 15, 2020 Portland metro area sees dozens of COVID-19 reinfections; health officials still learning about immunity (FOX 12) - This report defined reinfection as testing positive 90 days after a previous infection with a recovery between. "Clackamas County said they had a couple of dozen cases of reinfection since July, Washington County said they had 18 reinfections since the beginning of the pandemic and Hood River County reported its first reinfection just last week."
Dec. 10, 2020 IU researchers join nationwide study into COVID-19 infection, reinfection, and immunity (FOX 59) - Study co-investigator and adjunct professor Kevin Maki. “Possibly we’ll need a vaccine every three years or five years… we just don’t know at this point.” “We’d like to recruit four groups of people: people who have been infected previously, and those who have not, and then also people who have been vaccinated and people who have not,” he said.
Nov. 25, 2020 COVID Crisis Nurse Shares Her Harrowing Experience (Amanpour and Company on Youtube) - At 12:08 a crisis nurse claims she’s “due to get sick again” as she’s witnessed colleagues sometimes getting sicker “on the second or third” bout with COVID-19.
Nov. 18, 2020 More people are getting COVID-19 twice, suggesting immunity wanes quickly in some (Science for AAAS) - “Reinfections hint that immunity against COVID-19 may be fragile and wane relatively quickly, with implications not just for the risks facing recovered patients, but also for how long future vaccines might protect people.” “Not all reinfections seen so far are milder.”
Oct. 14, 2020 Coronavirus reinfections are real but very, very rare (New York Times via Baltimore Sun) -
Oct. 14, 2020 Donald Trump said he was ‘immune’ to the coronavirus. Here’s what the science says (Philadelphia Inquirer via Baltimore Sun) -
Oct. 13, 2020 'Sicker the second time': Here's how COVID-19 reinfection may impact immunity, vaccine development (ABC 7 Bay Area) - "The reason why they know it was a separate infection is that they did genetic analyses on both of them and they were both different," Dr. Chin Hong said.
Sep. 11, 2020 Ask Amy: Family should explore legacy of trauma (Baltimore Sun) - Reader with alias "Common Sense" admonishes advice columnist Amy Dickinson "you should brush up on your research." Reader insists one infection gives lifelong immunity and precludes the need for a vaccine. Amy responds “'TIA' didn’t mention that her husband had received an antibody test. Although reinfection is rare, I believe the jury is still out regarding how well — and how long — antibodies offer protection."
Aug. 24, 2020 Hong Kong reports first COVID-19 reinfection case in technology worker (Bloomberg via Boston Globe) - "A man was infected with the coronavirus after recovering from an initial bout in April in what scientists said was the first case showing that re-infection may occur within a few months."
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