If you get COVID-19, can you get it again after you recovered?

In April there were reports from Korea that some people with COVID-19 are getting reinfected after initially fighting off the virus, are these reports correct? We don’t think so.

This is confusing to explain so let’s think of an analogy. You are at your cottage and you're having a bonfire. The bonfire is COVID-19. The bonfire eventually dies down. You even toss some water on it to make sure it is out. The next morning you see a small amount of smoke over the fire pit. Is there a new fire?! [AKA, has COVID-19 come back?!] Nope. there are just some embers that maybe you missed that are just letting off some smoke. The small amount of smoke is a “false alarm”. In epidemiology we call these “false positives” [AKA. the test came back positive, but the person doesn’t have COVID19 still]. I’m not sure if this helps or makes it all more confusing. Take home point: roasted marshmallows are delicious. 

© 2020 COVID19-ASK. All Rights Reserved. Terms of Use.

The contents on COVID19Ask.com, such as text, graphics, images, and other materials created by the contributors to COVID19Ask.com or obtained from third parties, and other materials contained on COVID19Ask.com (collectively, the “Content”) are for informational purposes only.

The Content provided on COVID19Ask.com is not designed or intended to constitute medical advice, or to be used for diagnosis. Always seek the advice of your personal physician or other qualified health provider to determine the appropriateness of any Content for your specific situation and before making any decision regarding your treatment or medication. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking it based on a self-assessment with reference to the Content.

Reliance on any information provided by  the contributors to COVID19Ask.com, COVID19Ask.com employees, others appearing on COVID19Ask.com at the invitation of the contributors to COVID19Ask.com, or other visitors to COVID19Ask.com is solely at your own risk.

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or dial 911 immediately. The contributors to COVID19Ask.com do not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinion, or other information that may be mentioned on COVID19Ask.com.