Here's Who's Most Likely to Get Reinfected with COVID, Says New Study
One of the biggest questions that researchers have been hoping to answer since the start of the pandemic is whether or not you can get reinfected with COVID-19, and, if yes, are you still at risk for severe infection? While early on it became clear that reinfection was in fact possible, there have been few documented cases across the country. Now, a new Danish study has discovered who is most likely to be reinfected with the deadly virus. Read on to find out who is most prone to reinfection—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Those 65 and Older are Most at Risk of Reinfection
According to the large study out of Denmark published in the journal Lancet, the majority of those who recover from COVID-19 have immunity for at least six months. However, those who are of an older age are much more prone to reinfection.
"In summary, we found that protection against repeat SARS-CoV-2 infection is robust and detectable in the majority of individuals, protecting 80% or more of the naturally infected population who are younger than 65 years against reinfections within the observation period," the researchers explained. "However, we observed that individuals aged 65 years and older had less than 50% protection against repeat SARS-CoV-2 infection."
"You can certainly not rely on a past infection as protecting you from being ill again, and possibly quite ill if you are in the elderly segment," Steen Ethelberg, an epidemiologist at Statens Serum Institut, Denmark's public health agency, told the New York Times.
The Need for "Protective Measures" is Still Great
Because the older age group is more prone to a serious clinical course of illness, the researchers believe that their findings highlight the "need to implement protective measures for the older population in the form of effective vaccines and enhanced physical distancing and infection control, even in those known to be previously infected," they wrote. "Furthermore, our data indicate that vaccination of previously infected individuals should be done because natural protection cannot be relied on."
So follow the public health fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.