Can You Get COVID-19 Again?

The question of whether or not you can get COVID-19 has been asked frequently over the past year. In truth, there’s much that we still don’t know about COVID-19, and studies are underway regarding the likelihood of reinfection. 

Cases of patients getting COVID-19 again have been reported. However, these cases are very rare. Further research is required for more information about COVID-19 reinfection, including risk factors and what reinfection indicates about a person’s immunity. 

The Question of Immunity After COVID-19 Infection

With only rare cases of reinfection with COVID-19, some people are assuming that they have immunity if they contracted the virus and recovered. This is a premature assumption considering the breadth of information that’s still unknown about the virus. 

What To Do If You’ve Already Had COVID-19

The CDC advises that everyone, regardless of a previous COVID-19 infection, follow the current safety guidelines, which include social distancing, frequent hand washing, mask-wearing, and getting vaccinated. Following these guidelines will not only help keep you safe but also those around you. Even those who don’t get sick after contracting COVID-19 could spread the virus to others, including those who are at a higher likelihood of getting severely ill. 

When it comes to the coronavirus, safety is of the utmost importance. As we continue to learn more about immunity against the virus, guidelines may change. However, until then, everyone will benefit from acting with an abundance of caution. 

What If I Get Sick Again After Recovering from COVID-19?

COVID-19 shares many symptoms with other viruses, including the flu. If you get sick and require care, visit your doctor for evaluation and treatment. Your doctor can determine whether you’re experiencing lingering COVID-19 symptoms or symptoms of another virus and recommend treatment accordingly. 

The physicians at Family Medical Centers are here for all of your medical needs. For expert care, schedule an appointment at one of our locations. 

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