There are concerns that people can catch COVID-19, get well, and then become reinfected have grown since it was reported that some recovered COVID-19 patients have tested positive again.
It’s understandable to be worried about getting a serious disease twice and needing repeat treatment, additional time quarantining, and potential hospitalization.
While health experts still don’t know all the facts about COVID-19, we do have a deeper knowledge of similar viral diseases.
For example, we know most people make antibodies that fight viruses. That process helps them become immune to a repeat infection of the same virus.
However, until more data is released, no one should make assumptions about the length and strength of immunity to COVID-19.
According to the World Health Organization and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is not enough evidence about antibody-based immunity to guarantee that anyone is immune from future COVID-19 infection.
People who assume they are safeguarded from a second infection may ignore public health advice and put themselves and others at risk.
Based on all that we know so far, as well as what remains unknown about the virus, it is best to continue the practices that have proven effective in lowering your risk of getting COVID-19, including social distancing and hand-washing.