Can you get COVID more than once? Understanding how the immune system works, and how variants of a virus come about, leads to the answer – yes. The same variant can be contracted more than once, and different variants can be contracted as well.
Can You Get
One thing that still seems to confuse people is how much a
vaccine or natural immunity protects you from getting an
infection and re-infection.
A health magazine has studied this
question and provided the following
information to help people understand
both the likelihood of reinfection and
seeing more variants of CoV-2, the virus
responsible for COVID-19.
Understanding how the immune system works, and how variants of a virus come about, leads to the
answer - yes. The same variant can be contracted more than once, and different variants can be
contracted as well. Hypothetically, someone could actually get more than one variant at the same time.
People are still confused about what natural
immunity is and what vaccinations
accomplish. In both of these, the result is to
help your immune system recognize an
antigen, in this case the virus, and be
prepared to fight it.
Here's an analogy everyone can relate to: Someone throws something at you when you don’t
expect it and it hits you in the face. The next time they throw something you are prepared and
raise your hand to stop it. It still hits you, but in the hand. You managed to stop it before it got
to your face.
When you catch a disease, like COVID-19, your
immune system develops an awareness so when
mother nature throws it at you again, you can raise
your defenses and protect yourself. A vaccine
sensitizes the body to beware of the disease, and
when exposed, defenses go up, limiting the amount
In the case of a flu shot, people may actually feel a little sick one day, or maybe even a lot sick, but
the symptoms dissipate more quickly and they never get that whole week of horrible flu symptoms.
This also means that the likelihood of spreading it to someone else is considerably less.
The CDC, NIH and White House Task
Force did a terrible job of communicating
these things to the public and changed
their tune every other week so there is no
wonder the confusion exists.
This is why we studied this and produced this information.