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If I’ve already had the coronavirus, can I get it again?

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Yes would be my opinion, but you won’t enjoy it as much the second time*

as in, it might be weaker.
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No. All indications point to this being exceedingly rare - very insignificant probability.

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To add to my post earlier - testing positive twice has occurred. Not getting sick. Those two studies were junk.

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These numbers can not reflect the exposure rate as they have no idea what any level of exposure is, especially since the subjects will now have a heightened concern about being infected again...

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To add to my post earlier - testing positive twice has occurred. Not getting sick. Those two studies were junk.

Saying that the studies are wrong because they don't prove something they never meant to prove is not valid. The studies were trying to find rates of re-infection, that's it. A very big hint is that the whole article makes reference to the virus, not the disease.

The authors were not checking for signs of pathology but signs of the virus replicating again in the body, so they are fine with reporting exactly that. People can get reinfected very rarely as expected, and did not developed a clinical manifestation, this is a very useful thing to know.

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These numbers can not reflect the exposure rate as they have no idea what any level of exposure is, especially since the subjects will now have a heightened concern about being infected again...

Those in the U.K. study are health workers, they get a very high level of exposure, even with PPE there is still a huge risk of infection and they must be the most concerned people in the country when it comes to Covid. Almost 700 health workers in the U.K. have died of Covid.

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And the other ones. "I never catch the virus, I'm young and healthy!"

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My anecdotal experience is that I think I had it last year around March with difficulty breathing and other symptoms for 1-2 days, however, thereafter for the entire year I have had lingering symptoms such as some wheeziness, muscle and joint pain and other symptoms chronically. Since there was almost no way to get tested in Japan for an active infection or for antibodies, and now antibodies may be undetectable, I will probably never know.

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No. All indications point to this being exceedingly rare - very insignificant probability.

Yeah, a few months ago it appeared that reinfections were indeed exceedingly rare.

But now with the new variants popping up, it does appear that "reinfections" (actually new infections) are a little more common, but still rare.

I suspect that with each "reinfection", the body (lymphocytes) should be better prepared to handle it.

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"It's possible, but such cases seem to be rare." Exactly, as with most illnesses.

Anecdotally, a neighbor was in a coma and intubated last March. He eventually went back to work, but complains of extreme fatigue and difficulty breathing. He told me that his oxygen saturation levels remain much lower than they should be, in the 60s. Seems hard to believe, but that is what he said. He is in his 50s. While he was in the Covid-19 ward, two people younger than he died.

You may have heard in the news that the Covid-19 outbreak here in Cali is very bad right now. My experience is that a lot more people are testing positive than ever before, here in the neighborhood, and relatives.

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Have been doing a lot of reading while sitting at home. About the annual flu, I read that the worst one in the last 100 years was the 1957 variant. I remember that one. I was so sick with it that I was out of school for two weeks. The teacher talked with my parents about repeating the semester, but it turned out it was unnecessary. So anyway, I remember being very sick and unable to get out of bed. I got the flu again last winter. Was very sick for 6 weeks from December to February. Had the worst chills of my life, which have returned over and over again, although not as severe. Was tested for the Covid-19 virus three times last year, always negative, but I still wonder if maybe I had it last winter.

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There are over 233 common cold viruses. You cannot get the same one twice. Same with this Corona. You cannot get it after you have had it once.

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I would be careful with this one.

Can you catch a cold or influenza more than once ? Of course you can, because the viruses undergo seasonal mutations.

As we are now starting to witness with Covid-19. Why would it differ from other Corona virus behavior?

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Because of the stupidity to let the airports during a state of emergency open, a new variant has been successfully imported (B.1.1.248 , a mixing of those aggressive spreaders B117 and 501.V2) and that new one, you guess it, is known for possible multiple infections. It’s sheer unbelievable, how crazy this pandemic is handled all over the globe.

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We don't know yet exactly how long the Covid-19 immunity lasts - the virus is still new

Hopefully the immunity lasts a long time - so we don't have to take the vaccine annually

There are over 233 common cold viruses. You cannot get the same one twice. Same with this Corona. You cannot get it after you have had it once.

That's a dangerous assumption - just because it works on some viruses doesn't mean all viruses are the same

For example: "Cold-Causing Coronaviruses Don’t Seem to Confer Lasting Immunity"

https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/cold-causing-coronaviruses-dont-seem-to-confer-lasting-immunity-67832

Studies on SARS-CoV-2’s milder cousins hint that our immune systems are quick to forget the viruses, but it’s unclear whether the same is true for the agent that causes COVID-19.

The only way to be sure is to do real-world studies and tests. Do not assume

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