Coronavirus COVID19: Woman becomes first person to catch Coronavirus twice, confirming WHO’s worst fears

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Coronavirus COVID19: Woman catches Coronavirus TWICE

Coronavirus COVID19: A woman has become the first person in the world to catch COVID19 TWICE

A woman in Japan who works as a tour-bus guide in the city of Osaka, has become the first person in the world to catch COVID19 Coronavirus TWICE.

The case has confirmed the worst fears of the scientists at the WHO and CDC.

With the common cold strains we contract a different strain each time. Our body builds an immune defence against the the virus and it is highly unusual to catch the same virus twice.

However with viruses that mutate over a rapid cycle this becomes very difficult.

The case in Japan has confirmed that natural immunity to the COVID19 Coronavirus may be very short lived.

Dr Babak Ashrafi, from the UK explained how it has been difficult to predict how the relatively new strain would act over time:

“Experts are busy gathering information from those who have become infected to see how well their immune systems react and how long they’ll remain immune. We do know that when you catch a virus, your body learns how to fight it off. However, like our minds, our bodies can forget over time how to do this and immunity can wear off over time after initial infection.”

The fact people can get the disease twice in a fairly short period of times heightens the potential impact of the disease.

A spokesman for the Japanese government said the International Olympic Committee and local organizers are going ahead as planned with the Tokyo Olympics despite questions over whether or not the Olympics may have to be called off.

Meanwhile US President Trump said that the Coronavirus:

“will miraculously disappear in April once the weather warms up”. 

Of course his statement has no basis in fact, and the weather warming in April only applies to a small percentage of the Earth’s climates. For example April is actually when Southern Hemisphere countries start to cool down as winter starts, and in many other regions of the world April has no significant bearing on the climate at all.

Trump’s chief of Homeland Defence embarrassingly couldn’t not answer the basic questions of “how Coronavirus is spread” answering only “Human to Human” and could not answer how many US citizens had contracted the virus or how many cases there were on US soil, answering only “you would need to ask somebody else on that.”

It is the Homeland Defence’s duty to assess all threats, man-made or natural to the US and deliver detailed reports to the US government. They were unable to answer even basic questions which most school children could answer after reading even once simple news article.

What does COVID19 stand for and why has the name changed so many times?

CO | Corona – This is Latin for ‘crown’ and comes from the shape of the protrusions on the surface of the virus

VI | Virus

D | Disease 

19 | 2019, the pandemic was first recorded in December 2019

The name has changed from 2019-nCoV, Novel Coronavirus 2019 and CoV-ID-19. These all refer to the same thing. The full scientific name is actually Novel Coronavirus 2019, which is latin for “The New Crown Shaped Virus 2019”. The change in short or common names comes as medical agencies tried to find a uniform identification that did not cause confusion and was easy to understand in all languages and cultures. 

What is COVID19?

Coronaviruses are actually a family classification of viruses and not one particular disease. The Coronavirus family covers a large spectrum from the common cold to the infamous SARS which caused the 2003 pandemic which has a mortality rate of 10%. 

The COVID19 currently has a mortality rate of 1-3% depending on which institution’s figures you follow, but has a much higher rate of infection. 

How could I be infected by COVID19?

COVID19 is spread like any other Coronavirus (flu or cold). Moisture droplets in the air or air-conditioning systems expelled from coughing or sneezing can be breathed in via your nose, mouth or enter your system via your eyes or an open wound. 

If you sneeze into you hand and touch a surface, another person touches that surface then touches their face, food or open cut, they could transmit the virus to themselves.

Medical advice is to keep good hygiene, wash your hands regularly, sneeze into a disposable tissue and never your hands or the open air. Avoid crowded spaces. Hotel air-conditioning systems that share central ventilation shafts can also spread the virus from one floor to another even in no direct contact between guests is made. 

Many airports are operating compulsory 16 day quarantine for passengers with a high temperature or fever.

In the USA for example it is a federal crime to refuse to follow the instructions of airline crew when in the air.

If you travel when feeling unwell, even if you are not positive for COVID19 you may still be quarantined as a precaution. This is likely to be for a minimum of 16 days.

Before travelling please remember to check the travel advice, restrictions and special measures in; the country of departure, all transit countries even if you do not plan to leave the airport and your arrival destination.

Country/Location Total Deaths Total Cases Critical Condition New Cases

in last 24 hours

China 2788 78832 7952 335 The epicentre of the pandemic
Iran 34 143 Official case numbers from the Iranian
government are vastly underestimated based on the number of deaths
Italy 17 56 24 Italy has been unable to locate their index patient with 10 regions now
quarantined. Based on death rates and critical condition rates Italy’s
official infected figure of 383 is not credible
South Korea 13 2337 10 571
Diamond Princess 6 705 34 0 A cruise ship which was quarantined at sea due to an outbreak
of COVID19
Japan 5 226 13 12
Hong Kong City 2 93 6 1 Hong Kong’s figures are not included in China’s mainland figures
France 2 41 1 23
Taiwan Island 1 34 1 2 Taiwan’s figures are not included in China’s mainland figures
UK 1 19 0 4 Includes 1 case in Wales
Philippines 1 3 0 0 FREE FROM COVID19 – no active cases
Singapore 0 96 8 3
Germany 0 60 2 33
USA 0 60 0 0
Kuwait 0 45 0 2
Thailand 0 41 2 1
Bahrain 0 36 2 3
Spain 0 33 2 18
Malaysia 0 25 0 3
Australia 0 24 0 1
UAE 0 19 2 6
Vietnam 0 16 0 0 FREE FROM COVID19 – no active cases
Switzerland 0 15 0 11
Canada 0 14 0 2
Macao 0 10 0 0 Macao’s figures are not included in China’s mainland figures
Sweden 0 7 0 5
Iraq 0 7 0 1
Oman 0 6 0 2
Austria 0 5 0 2
Croatia 0 5 0 2
Norway 0 4 0 3
Greece 0 4 0 1
Isra’il 0 4 0 1
Romania 0 3 0 2
Lebanon 0 3 0 1
India 0 3 0 0 FREE FROM COVID19 – no active cases
Netherlands 0 2 0 2
Finland 0 2 0 1
Georgia 0 2 0 1
Pakistan 0 2 0 0
Russia 0 2 0 0 FREE FROM COVID19 – no active cases
San Marino 0 1 0 1
Nigeria 0 1 0 1
New Zealand 0 1 0 1
Mexico 0 1 0 1
Lithuania 0 1 0 1
Belarus 0 1 0 1
Azerbaijan 0 1 0 1
Denmark 0 1 0 0
Estonia 0 1 0 0
North Macedonia (Makedonija) 0 1 0 0
Afghanistan 0 1 0 0
Algeria 0 1 0 0
Brazil 0 1 0 0
Belgium 0 1 0 0 FREE FROM COVID19 – no active cases
Cambodia 0 1 0 0 FREE FROM COVID19 – no active cases
Egypt 0 1 0 0 FREE FROM COVID19 – no active cases
Nepal 0 1 0 0 FREE FROM COVID19 – no active cases
Sri Lanka 0 1 0 0 FREE FROM COVID19 – no active cases
Colour Key COVID19
new case
new cases
high levels of
new cases
Other countries/regions not formally declaring the virus may not
be virus free. Please always check local travel advice in the locations
of; departure, transit and arrival. Do not travel if feeling unwell.
You may be quarantines even if COVID19 free.

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Layla El Khalifa
BA in Photojournalism and Masters in Communication Journalism