Severe, Symptomatic Reinfection in a Patient with COVID-19

R I Med J (2013). 2020 Nov 9;103(10):24-26.


To date, there have only been a few reports of reinfections in COVID-19 patients. The possibility of being reinfected with COVID-19 is poorly understood. In this case report, we describe an individual who was initially diagnosed in April 2020 with COVID-19. Seven months later, he presented again to the hospital with shortness of breath and was found to have COVID-19 reinfection. We also summarize a list of all known cases of COVID-19 reinfection at this time.

Keywords: COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; antibodies; reinfection; secondary infection.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Betacoronavirus* / immunology
  • Betacoronavirus* / isolation & purification
  • COVID-19
  • COVID-19 Testing
  • Clinical Laboratory Techniques
  • Coronavirus Infections / diagnosis*
  • Coronavirus Infections / immunology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pandemics
  • Pneumonia, Viral / diagnosis*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / immunology*
  • Recurrence
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Severity of Illness Index