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You can catch Coronavirus COVID-19 more than once

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You can catch Coronavirus COVID-19 more than once

The World Health Organization has warned against the idea that coronavirus immunity passports can provide a safe way out of lockdown.

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Many countries were hoping to start issuing risk-free certificates to people who have had the disease, allowing them to return to work, travel, and go about their business. The plan was based on the assumption that Covid-19 survivors develop immunity.

But yesterday the WHO said no evidence exists that people who have recovered from the disease and developed antibodies are protected from catching it again.

The organization went further, warning that the use of immunity passports could lead to a spike in new infections. That’s because people who assume they are immune are more likely to ignore public health advice.

In the wake of the WHO’s alert, it becomes apparent that global efforts must focus on the only other way to gain protection: a vaccine.

What do ventilators do, and how do they help treat patients?

A ventilator forces air into the lungs of a patient who cannot breathe on their own because of severe pneumonia or acute respiratory distress syndrome. Such machines are often used by doctors treating the most severe cases of Covid-19, and requires them to place a tube down their patient’s throat, a procedure known as intubation. It’s often a deteriorating patient’s last best hope to recover, but data so far shows the prognosis isn’t good. A study of New York’s largest health system showed that about a quarter of coronavirus patients who needed ventilators to help them breathe died within the first few weeks of treatment.

– CNN Coronavirus Updates

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