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Can You Get COVID-19 Twice?

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We do not know for sure, but it may be possible. More evidence is needed to determine whether or not reinfection can occur.

Some COVID-19 patients have tested positive a second time but scientists think that this is most likely residual virus (traces of the virus left in the body) that is being detected by very sensitive tests or through false-positive tests.

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Even if you have recovered from COVID-19, please stay as cautious as someone who has not been infected. Do not assume immunity. Continue to:

  • Wash your hands with soap and running water
  • Wear a mask
  • Maintain physical distancing
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On life after surviving COVID-19, Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, said, “There have been various accounts from people about their experience post-COVID-19. Many have fully recovered, while others still experience symptoms, such as fatigue. Like many infectious diseases, there are risks of health challenges after recovery, but most times, these risks are dependent on individual characteristics, such as age, underlying illness, etc. “It is very important that people, who have recovered from infectious diseases, including COVID-19, should be deliberate about protecting their health by eating healthy, engaging in moderate physical activity, avoiding stressors, such as smoking, etc.”

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