Country Registers 1st Death Caused by Covid-19 Reinfection with Brazilian Variants

A 39-year-old in RS became infected in both November 2020 and March 2021; case is being investigated

A 39-year-old man from Porto Alegre was infected with two variants of the coronavirus over an interval of three months and 11 days.

The first infection, detected on November 30, was asymptomatic; the second, on March 11, 2021, led to his death.

At the time, the patient had shortness of breath, fatigue, difficulty breathing and oxygen saturation below 95%. The worsening of his condition caused him to be taken to the ICU and intubated.

This case, which was the first confirmed death in Brazil from reinfection by the coronavirus, is also unprecedented in the infection by different variants. It was reported in a scientific article produced by 15 Brazilian researchers.

According to the article, the patient was in contact with several people, including his father, when he was in a hospital room where there were other patients diagnosed with Covid-19.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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