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SOUTH KOREA: “YOU CAN’T CATCH IT TWICE”

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SOUTH Korean scientists say that they do not believe that you can catch the new coronaviru­s more than once.

In the first few weeks of the outbreak, several countries, including China, Japan and South Korea, reportedly saw COVID-19 patients who tested positive for the illness again after they had recovered.

Now, new research from South Korean scientists says that they think this is unlikely, and that cases where people had caught the disease more than once were most likely due to “testing failures”.

Apparently, tests had detected “dead virus traces”, rather than the actual virus. If it’s confirmed that you really can’t catch COVID-19 more than once, you might begin to hear more about ‘immunity passports’.

These will be government-issued documents that would mean you were less restricted by the lockdown if you have antibodies that can fight off the virus.

However, the World Health Organizati­on (WHO) says that “the use of [immunity passports] may increase the risks of transmissi­on,” but that “guidance is constantly kept under review and could be updated.”

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There are two types of tests: one that can tell whether you have COVID-19 now, and another that can tell whether you have the antibodies that fought off the virus
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