COVID: reinfection with South African strain worries doctors | Europe up to date | DW

A man who passed the coronavirus last September and is now in intensive care due to a reinfection with the South African strain worries French medical authorities, since so far the vast majority of reinfections were mild. The patient, who suffers from asthma, is in serious condition and connected to a respirator, said this Saturday (02/13/2021) the entity that groups Paris hospitals (APHP).

“What worries us is the severity of this second infection with a new variant of the virus,” Frédéric Adnet, head of emergencies at another Parisian hospital and an expert on the case, told the BFMTV channel. Jean-Damien Ricard, professor of Intensive Medicine at the Colombes hospital, where the patient has been for three weeks, tried to subtract alarmism since, no matter how serious the patient’s condition, “it is an exceptional situation, the first that has been described. “

Ricard indicated that there are several hypotheses to explain the severity of the case, from a possible immune deficit in the patient to the possibility that the new infection is from a more aggressive strain, in this case the South African 501Y.V2. “It is an exceptional case so far,” said epidemiologist Yves Buisson, president of the Covid Group of the National Academy of Medicine, who added that it is “a case that should be studied.”

Buisson specified that it would be necessary to know if the antibodies that the patient developed during his first infection were capable of neutralizing the South African strain, and if it “partially escapes an immunity acquired by a previous infection.” The case was published this week in the American scientific journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. (EFE)


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