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Spanish Woman catches Covid twice in three weeks

According to a new study, a healthcare worker contracted Covid two distinct times over the period of just 20 days.

Since the start of the epidemic, this is thought to be the shortest period between two infections. Reinfections have become significantly more common since the advent of the extremely infectious Omicron strain.

The 31-year-old Spaniard was infected with Delta for the first time in December 2021, 12 days after receiving her Covid booster immunisation.

The women were placed in isolation for ten days after testing positive through normal healthcare tests. She didn’t show any signs or symptoms.

But, just a few days after returning to work in January, she had a cough, a temperature, and began to feel ill. She took a test after that and got a positive result.

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According to lab results, she was first infected by the Delta variety, then by Omicron.

Her case, which is being presented in Portugal at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, is thought to be the shortest time between two separate infections ever recorded.

“This instance emphasises the ability of the Omicron variant to elude previous immunity gained either from a natural infection with other variants or from vaccines,” said Dr Gemma Recio of the Institut Catala de la Salut in Spain, one of the research’s authors.

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