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Can you catch SARS-CoV-2 twice? : Goats and soda : NPR

Can you catch SARS-CoV-2 twice? : Goats and soda : NPR

A positive result on a COVID test at home. If you catch it once, can you catch it again? Turns out the answer is: Yes.

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A positive result on a COVID test at home. If you catch it once, can you catch it again? Turns out the answer is: Yes.

Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images

We regularly answer frequently asked questions about life during the coronavirus crisis. If you have a question that you would like us to consider in a future post, please email us at [email protected] with the subject line: “Weekly questions about the coronavirus”. View an archive of our FAQs here.

You got sick with COVID in January, so you figured you were done with the virus for a while. But then you started feeling a scratchy throat and a runny nose, took a home test just in case – and that second line glowed red once more.

You must be wondering: how can this happen? Is it possible to get COVID again just a few months or even weeks after recovering from a case?

We asked four experts to answer frequently asked questions about reinfection.

I thought I was immune – at least for a while – after having COVID. That’s not the case?

If you caught an earlier variant – before the arrival of omicron – that meant you had an 84% lower risk of infection, significantly reducing your risk of getting COVID again, especially in the months right after you got sick.

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