An elderly Dutch woman has become the first known person to die from catching Covid-19 twice. According to experts, raising serious questions about how long immunity and antibodies can last.
The woman, 89, suffered from a rare type of bone marrow cancer called Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia. Her immune system was weakened due to the cell-reducing therapy she received. The researchers said her natural immune response could still have been “sufficient” to fight-off Covid-19.
The patient was first admitted into hospital earlier this year with a severe cough and fever, testing positive for Covid-19. She was discharged five days later when “besides some continuing weakness, her symptoms subsided completely,” according to the report. But two days into chemotherapy treatment,59 days after the start of the first Covid-19 episode – the woman got fever. Finally, cough and difficulty in breathing.
She once again tested positive for coronavirus, and no antibodies were found in her blood system. Her condition became very bad on day eight.
Two weeks later, the woman died.
Compiled by – MK (Editor)