Pakistan Reports 1st Case of Coronavirus Reinfection

A case of reinfection of Coronavirus has emerged in Pakistan, General Secretary of Young Doctors Association (YDA), Salman Kazmi, has confirmed.

The reinfected patient is exhibiting more severe symptoms now in comparison to the symptoms at the time of the first diagnosis, suggesting the existence of more than one strain of SARS-COV-2, the Coronavirus which causes COVID-19 disease.


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In a Facebook post, Kazmi penned:

Just seen a case of reinfection from COVID-19 with more severe symptoms. This shows we have more than one strain around as we don’t have the capacity to test strains. So please be careful and always take precautions. This is the first case I have seen with proper symptoms of reinfection.

The reinfected patient, who is a doctor at Mayo Hospital Lahore, had initially contracted the disease 3 months ago while tending to Coronavirus patients. The doctor made a complete recovery and was discharged from the isolation center after testing negative.


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However, the doctor recently developed more severe symptoms of Coronavirus once again and tested positive for the disease.

Kazmi has urged the public to exercise caution as the antibodies produced against the Coronavirus through the plasma therapy does not offer long term protection. These antibodies can only protect recovered patients for three months only after which there are high chances of reinfection.


  • Stop spreading fake news….you are spreading chaos. Shame on you. Have fear of Allah before sharing such news

      • Has it been published in any medical Journal? Maybe first lab result of the patient was false positive?? One should share such news with some scientific/ medical evidence authenticated by some authority!

  • That is bullshit, you can not make a news on just one case which is norlt verified also. Just marketing stunt to get more visitors and click on ads to make you money. Shame.

  • The doctor in question who has made the claim, has a reputation of spreading sensational news to remain relevant. I am not sure about the facts but appear dodgy, will give you an opinion after seeing the evidence. To my knowledge, if that case is true, it must be presented to a peer reviewed scientific journal so that it can be vetted, rather than being presented as a single case and then generalizing it onto everybody, and make flagrant deductions based upon shady, lonely evidence. To sum up, just reject it for now.If it is that much true, it would get published in Lancet tonight.
    Kindly its my humble request stop spreading such news when u don’t know its authencity

  • There is no doubt that a reinfection can occur, please do your research for those concerned. The question is, when.

    It can take the newly formed antibodies in the system to die-off within a few weeks or could take a few months, we don’t know that for sure yet. What we do know for sure is that is that natural immunity against COVID-19 is not ‘sterile’ (lifelong) immunity and if the antibodies are low, there is a high chance of reinfection but the symptoms will not be severe this time, however, if there are no antibodies at all, as in some people, only then the symptoms could get ‘severe’.

  • The news is hundred percent true . Thank you for raising it . The doctor infected is a senior professor of cardiac surgery department .

  • Your article is not evidence based and it might create panic among society and specially healthcare workers. How can you publish such news without proper research and getting authenticity from WHO or MoH of Pakistan? You must delete it and do apologise from fellow countrymen.


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