Anxiety rises among COVID-19 survivors as Seattle man is confirmed to have caught virus twice

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A Seattle man is likely feeling very lucky after officially surviving COVID-19 twice. His case is only the third case in the United States where doctors confirmed reinfection.
A Seattle man is likely feeling very lucky after officially surviving COVID-19 twice. His case is only the third case in the United States where doctors confirmed reinfection.

Doctors at Swedish Medical Hospital say the patient is a man in his 60's who lives in a nursing home contracted the virus again. He first caught the coronavirus in March and spent over 40 days in the hospital with a severe case of the virus. Then in July, he was admitted to the hospital once again with symptoms.

Test results were troubling, to say the least—he had the virus again, but it was a different strain. Fortunately, for him, doctors said his second bout was less severe.

This revelation is yet another thing that makes COVID-19 so mysterious and unsettling for the medical community.

Many know what it is like to feel the genuine fear of contracting the virus. But for the few who have contracted it a second time, fear is an understatement.

"There's not a day that will go by that I don't think about my experience and a day that goes by that I think what if I get sick again," said coronavirus survivor, Michael Flor.

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