Can You Get COVID-19 Twice?

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The COVID-19 pandemic sparked ongoing fear and uncertainty about the dangers of the novel coronavirus, particularly as case counts began to rise and scientists developed a clearer picture of the full scope of the disease's range of health effects. Although preventative measures like the lockdowns and quarantines we saw throughout much of 2020 likely curbed COVID-19's spread to a large degree, many people — dealing perhaps with pandemic fatigue — eventually relaxed their vigilance.

Activity levels once again began to rise around the world, particularly during 2020's winter holiday season, which led to renewed restrictions and shutdowns. Due to spikes in the number of positive COVID-19 cases, some countries — England, France, and Germany, for example — and some American states renewed restrictions and shutdowns. Based on the information provided by the World Health Organization, the worldwide death toll rose into the millions, and the number of confirmed infections in the U.S. and around the world continued to increase.

Of course, the fact that millions of people have recovered from the virus gives us hope, as does the fact that over 1.6 billion people around the world are fully vaccinated. Nevertheless, the possibility of reinfection is a major concern regarding COVID - largely because there's so much that we don't know, including health professionals. Here’s a look at the latest information on the possibility of getting COVID-19 twice.