A woman in Holland is the first reported person to die after being re-infected from Covid-19.
The 89-year-old patient died in the Netherlands under three weeks after contracting Covid-19 for the second time. after a scientific work published by Oxford University Press.
At the time of her death, she was undergoing chemotherapy for a rare type of white blood cell cancer called Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia, a treatable but incurable form of blood cancer.
Researchers said the woman arrived at the emergency room earlier this year when she had a fever and severe cough, reports Dutch News.
She tested positive for coronavirus and was in the hospital for five days. After that, her symptoms completely subsided, except for persistent fatigue.
Almost two months later and only two days after starting new chemotherapy, she developed a fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
When she was admitted to the hospital, her oxygen saturation was 90 percent with a breathing rate of 40 breaths per minute. She tested positive for coronavirus again while testing negative for antibodies on days four and six.
“On the eighth day, the patient’s condition worsened. She died two weeks later, ”said the researchers.
After analyzing the test samples taken from the patient, the scientists said the genetic makeup of each virus she had was different, which led them to conclude that it was “likely” that she would be infected with Covid-19 again.
It comes after reports that a 25-year-old man in the United States caught a slightly different strain of coronavirus – with his second battle so severe that he was treated with oxygen in the hospital.