Patients who have recovered from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) may face more severe infection if they catch the virus for the second time, a Turkish infectious diseases expert said.
The doctors encountered 3 to 4 percent of cases among patients who were infected for the second time three months after their recovery, Dr. Umit Savasci, infectious diseases and clinical microbiology specialist at the Gulhane Training and Research Hospital in the capital Ankara, said.
More intense involvement of infection in patient’s lungs is highly expected when a person becomes coronavirus positive for the second time, he said.
“If the patient passes Covid-19 very easily in the first time, it could be mild in the second time as well. If the patient was hospitalized in the first time, he may need intensive care in the second time. Especially the elderly geriatric patients may need this,” Savasci said, recalling the coronavirus can cause damage to lungs and kidneys.
Savasci pointed out the Covid-19 risk scale and the age group at risk has changed recently.
“Previously, people aged 65 and over were at risk, but now, people from one to 100 years of age are at risk. Workers aged 30-40 are also at risk. Especially if the young people do not pay attention to their sleep and nutrition,” he said. SOVEREIGNPH