Be careful with Covid-19 even after recovering Be careful with Covid-19 even after recovering

If you already had Coronavirus, it doesn’t mean you can let your guard down. Masks and biosafety measures are necessary even after the virus.

Even if you have already had Covid-19, know that you can get sick and get it again. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that, although still rare, cases of reinfection have been reported that may even be more aggressive than the first time.

An article published last October by The Lancet and reviewed by the newspaper Gaceta Médica stated that, in many cases, SARS-CoV-2 reinfection was worse than the first infection, requiring oxygen support and hospitalization.

The report also argues that “immunity acquired by natural infection should not be relied upon to confer collective immunity; this strategy is not only lethal to many, but also ineffective.”

Against this backdrop, the CDC offers a guide to choosing the right mask to protect you from reinfection:

  • The mask should have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric.
  • The mask should completely cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly on the sides of the face, without gaps.
  • If you wear glasses, wear a mask that fits snugly over your nose or one that has a wire for adjustment to your nose to prevent your lenses from fogging.
  • You can also use a two-ply neck covering, different from a scarf which does not replace a mask.
  • Children under 2 years of age should not wear a mask.

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