Most people infected with Coronavirus do not get caught again for at least six months. But elderly patients over 65 years of age are at a much greater risk of being re-infected. This has been claimed in a new study by The Lancet Journal. Scientists from the State Serum Institute in Denmark collected data under the country’s national COVID-19 investigation strategy. Through this, two-thirds of the population was examined in 2020.
According to scientists, the study showed that people above 65 years of age are more likely to be exposed to COVID-19. Under the study, the scientists assessed the proportion of positive and negative test results by looking at the difference in age and gender and the time of infection. Scientists believe that the results of the study suggest the importance of taking measures to protect the elderly population during the epidemic.
0.60 per cent of people under 65 years of age have again succumbed to the virus.
The study found that people who were infected with the corona during the first wave between March and May 2020. Scientists said that during the second wave from September to December 2020, only 0.65 percent of the people were again hit by corona. Those who had not been previously infected with corona were five times more infected when they were infected during the second wave. The study said that among those under 65 years of age who were infected during the first wave, 0.60 percent of the people were infected during the second wave.
0.88 percent of people over 65 years of age have been re-infected
Scientists said that the risk of re-infection of the elderly is high. 0.88 percent of people aged 65 years and above who were infected during the first wave were found to be corona positive during the second wave as well. The study said that people over 65 years of age who had not been previously infected with COVID-19, two percent of them were infected during the second wave. Due to the time limit of the study, scientists said that it was not possible to estimate the safety to avoid getting infected again by COVID-19.