Current meta‐analysis does not support the possibility of COVID‐19 reinfections
Mohamed Arafkas , Tanja Khosrawipour , Piotr Kocbach , Kacper Zielinski , Justyna Schubert , Agata Mikołajczyk , Maria Celinska , Veria Khosrawipour
AbstractCoronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‐19) reinfections could be a major aggravating factor in this current pandemic, as this would further complicate potential vaccine development and help to maintain worldwide virus pockets. To investigate this critical question, we conducted a clinical meta‐analysis including all available currently reported cases of potential COVID‐19 reinfections. We searched for all peer‐reviewed articles in the search engine of the National Center for Biotechnology Information. While there are over 30,000 publications on COVID‐19, only about 15 specifically target the subject of COVID‐19 reinfections. Available patient data in these reports was analyzed for age, gender, time of reported relapse after initial infection and persistent COVID‐19 positive polymerase chain reaction (PCR) results. Following the first episode of infection, cases of clinical relapse are reported at 34 (mean) ± 10.5 days after full recovery. Patients with clinical relapse have persisting positive COVID‐19 PCR testing results until 39 ± 9 days following initial positive testing. For patients without clinical relapse, positive testing was reported up to 54 ± 24 days. There were no reports of any clinical reinfections after a 70‐day period following initial infection.
|Journal series||Journal of Medical Virology, ISSN 0146-6615, e-ISSN 1096-9071, (N/A 70 pkt)|
|Publication size in sheets||0.5|
|Keywords in English||coronavirus, COVID-19, effective, measures, pandemic, spread|
|License||Journal (articles only); published final; ; with publication|
|Score||= 70.0, 06-05-2021, ArticleFromJournal|
|Publication indicators||= 6; = 3; : 2018 = 0.721; : 2019 = 2.021 (2) - 2019=1.825 (5)|
|Citation count*||18 (2021-05-09)|
* presented citation count is obtained through Internet information analysis and it is close to the number calculated by the Publish or Perish system.