In a statement made by a scientific congress in Belgium, it was stated that a 90-year-old woman who died from Covid-19 in March was infected with two corona virus variants at the same time.
IT HAS BEEN PROVEN POSSIBLE TO CAPTURE TWO VARIANTS AT THE SAME TIME
The case, discussed at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID), shows that it is possible to catch two corona virus variants at the same time.
However, the organization announced that the woman fell ill with Alpha and Beta variants, first identified in England and South Africa, and was infected by two different people.
Belgium’s public broadcaster VRT said the woman, who was being treated at a hospital in Aalst, near Brussels, had not been vaccinated. Like most of the European Union (EU), Belgium faced vaccine delivery issues in early 2021. Despite delivering doses to the EU now to cover 70 percent of the population, the vaccine program started slowly.
On the other hand, doctors said, referring to the ongoing discussions on 9-12 July, that the woman in question was the first confirmed case to be infected with two variants at the same time, and similar dual infections, although rare, could occur.
“Both variants were circulating in Belgium in March. So this woman may have been infected with two separate variants from two different people. Unfortunately, we don’t yet know how this happened,” said molecular biologist Anne Vankeerberghen from the OLV hospital in Aalst.
On the other hand, the European Commission, citing estimates from the EU disease prevention agency, warned that the highly contagious Delta variant of the corona virus is expected to become dominant in Europe this summer.
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