If you are tested and are positive of the coronavirus, will you get it again?

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Does anyone know if you are tested and are positive, and do the quarantine time and cleared if you can get the virus again?


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This is a great question! At present, no one knows it for sure. There are reports that the coronavirus can happen twice:

A man in his 70’s first tested positive for SARS-CoV2 on February 14 while on Diamond Princess cruise ship. Then he stayed in a Tokyo medical facility until testing negative for the virus. On March 2, he left the facility and traveled home via public transportation. However, the man eventually began feeling sick with a fever, which prompted him to go to a hospital on March 13. The following day he tested positive for the virus again.

Then there’s the February 14 article from Caixin, a Beijing, China-based media group, that was entitled “14% of Recovered Covid-19 Patients in Guangdong Tested Positive Again.”

That is very uncommon. Preliminary investigations suggest that such cases account for less than 0.2% of China’s total infections. More studies are needed to answer this question conclusively.