Dual COVID Variants Infection


In The Guardian, AP France (Agence France-Presse in Paris) reported recently that a 90-year-old unvaccinated women from Belgian woman was infected with two Covid-19 variants __ Alpha and Beta __ who died with the infection.

“The unvaccinated woman was admitted to the OLV hospital in the city of Aalst after a spate of falls in March and tested positive for Covid-19 the same day. While her oxygen levels were initially good, her condition deteriorated rapidly and she died five days later,” writes The Guardian.

Both these variants were circulating in Belgium at the time, so it is likely that the lady was co-infected with different viruses from two different people. Unfortunately we don’t know how she became infected.

Anne Vankeerberghen, Molecular Biologist at a Belgium Hospital (source: The Guardian)

According to Dr. Vankeerberghen, there had been “no other published cases” of similar co-infections, that the “phenomenon is probably underestimated”.

Prof. Lawrence Young, a virologist and professor of molecular oncology at the University of Warwick, told The Guardian that it was not a surprise to find an individual infected with more than one strain.

“This study does highlight the need for more studies to determine whether infection with multiple variants of concern affects the clinical course of Covid-19 and whether this in any way compromises the efficacy of vaccination.”

This case was also reportedly discussed at this year’s European Congress on Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID).

Coronavirus-19 vaccination watch

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