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Can You Get Infected With Two Coronavirus Strains At a Same?

The researchers have reported a rare case during this pandemic where an older woman died after being infected with two different strains of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). According to health experts, the widespread delta variants all over the world have increased this possibility to increase the chances of getting two strains at one time. And this risk is even more if the person is not vaccinated and is in a crowd of people, he can expect multiple coronavirus strains aiming for him.

This case study presented an unvaccinated, older woman who developed alpha and beta variants of coronavirus. This study was presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID 2021) where the health experts commented that the possibility of having two coronavirus strains is very much high.

This woman was taken to a local hospital in Belgium in March to treat her injuries from a slip. During the routine tests, she was diagnosed with coronavirus, confirms the press release published by the ECCMID.

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during that period, she was experiencing no typical sign of the infection but eventually, she started to suffer respiratory distress and lost her life in five days. The respiratory sample of this woman showed two different strains of coronavirus in a PCR test result. These strains were B.1.1.7 (alpha), the British variant, and second was B.1.351 (beta), commonly famous as the South African variant.

The first author of this study Dr. Anne Vankeerberghen says that it is the first-ever documented proof of double infection. As these two variants were common in Belgium, it is very much possible that this woman interacted with two different people and got these strains from them. Unfortunately, there is not much information about how this exposure was made possible.

There are many other cases where dual infection of coronavirus has been found but this Belgian case is the first one that is documented.

Some reported from Brazil also present patients with different coronavirus variants in the initial months of this year. Then there was a young boy getting treatment for coronavirus when in Portugal and was diagnosed with another type of strain while being in the recovery phase.

The real question here is how to lower the chances of dual infection when the delta variant is infecting millions of people every day. Most health experts believe vaccination is the only solution to protect yourself from the virus. There is something new about these coronavirus strains every day that helps to make the prevention and protection plan. The delta variant is now causing nearly 50% of all the new reported cases and it also means that people can get infected with two coronavirus strains at the same time, without even realizing it.

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The mutations in coronavirus make it hard to manage the transmission of the virus. This risk is highest if you have not received your vaccination and even those who are vaccinated should not forget the preventive measures, including social distancing and wearing a mask.

There is no answer to predict the future of this pandemic with all these mutated versions of coronavirus in its surroundings. However, this should not be an excuse to relieve yourself from the mandatory precautions shared by health agencies. Additionally, vaccination is absolutely necessary as they help against most of the coronavirus variants that are known to this date.





Areeba Hussain

The author is a fulltime medical and healthcare writer. She graduated in Medical Microbiology and Immunology with distinction. Her areas of prime interest are medicine, medical technology, disease awareness, and research analysis. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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