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Wed Oct 14, 2020, 02:59 PM

Dutch woman dies after catching COVID-19 twice, the first reported reinfection death

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/dutch-woman-dies-after-catching-covid-19-twice-the-first-reported-reinfection-death-1.5144351

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 compromised due to the cell-depleting therapy she received, the researchers at Maastricht University Medical Center in the Netherlands wrote in a paper accepted for publication in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.

However, the researchers said her natural immune response could still have been "sufficient" to fight-off COVID-19, as the type of treatment she received for cancer "does not necessarily result in life threatening disease."

The patient was initially admitted into hospital earlier this year with a severe cough and fever, testing positive for COVID-19.

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Fiendish Thingy Oct 14 #1
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Wed Oct 14, 2020, 03:02 PM

1. She was 89 and undergoing chemo- there's more to this story than the screaming headline nt

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Response to Fiendish Thingy (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 14, 2020, 03:10 PM

2. Agreed.

While I don't want to minimize the virus nor the risk of re-infection, this is a highly unusual circumstance.

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