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The death of a woman suffering from two strains of Govit-19 raises concerns about the risk of co-infection

The elderly woman was vaccinated and lived alone and did not receive nursing home care. The lawsuit was filed in the Belgian city of Alsat


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Sputnik – New corona viruses develop mutations very quickly, while new variants are detected in a short period of time as the virus reacts multiple times in the body of the infected person.

Currently, the Delta variant was first detected in India in October 2020 and is on track to capture the world due to its rapid spread.

The case of a 90-year-old woman who soon became infected with two strains of Covid-19 raises new questions about the rare occurrence of double infection and the effectiveness of vaccines, Bloomberg writes.

A research paper presented at the European Congress of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases this week revealed that a woman with two corona viruses died in March at the OLV Hospital in the Belgian city of Alsat.

The elderly woman, who had not been vaccinated, lived alone and received nursing home care. He was hospitalized with good oxygen levels, but died five days later after his symptoms quickly worsened.

Tests revealed that he was suffering from two strains of Covit-19 – an alpha variant first detected in the UK and a beta strain found in South Africa.

“At the time, both types were in circulation in Belgium, so you were infected with different viruses from two different people,” explained Anne Vankirbergen, a molecular biologist at OLV Hospital, who led the research.

According to the biologist, the global incidence of this double infection is “probably underestimated” because of “limited testing for variations of interest and the lack of a simple way to identify co-infections with a complete genetic sequence”.

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“It’s important to be wary of monetization,” the researcher said.

This case raises questions about how vaccines can be effective against multiple Covit-19 strains that have been linked to the same organism.

The delta variant, first detected last year, is currently considered a major concern in the world due to its contagious nature. It spreads 225% faster than the original SARS-CoV-2 variant.

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