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Reinfection Covid-19: How quickly can you catch the disease if you already had it?

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As omicron has become the dominant variant of the coronavirus, re-infections are on the rise, but it is unclear how long people can count on protection between attacks of Covid-19


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May 9, 2022

A man in a protective mask – but how long does a previous Covid-19 infection protect someone from re-infection?

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As the omicron variant of the coronavirus continues to spread, many people who have once become infected with the virus pick it up again. But the key question remains unresolved: how long after COVID-19 infection are people likely to be protected from re-infection?

Much depends on the answer, as new omicron subvariants called BA.4 and BA.5 are on the rise in South Africa. It is unclear whether this will be…

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