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Heidi Kray, 31, first tested positive for the virus in April this year having had symptoms including shortness of breath, a high temperature and high blood pressure for several days. She then confirmed negative after a period of self-isolation, and took time off work for a couple of months.
However, the mother-of-two tested positive for the virus yet again just months later. The Sun claims this made her the first known case of COVID-19 reinfection in Britain.
The carehome worker said: “When I caught it the first time, it was almost expected given the nature of my job. But I never expected to get it twice.”
After her first positive test and subsequent recovery, Ms Kray began to feel ill again in June with shortness of breath and was taken to hospital.
A third test was recommended by her GP, which came back negative despite her symptoms.
Ms Kray’s condition had improved by August, and before she restarted her care home job was required to take another test – her fourth one in total.
Although she was not showing any symptoms by this time, the test came back positive.
Ms Kray, whose name has been changed to protect her identity, added: “I had no symptoms. I got the occasional headache of an evening but that is the only thing I could think of that was any different.
“But then I found out a day later I had tested positive for the second time. I couldn’t believe it.”
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The care home worker said she has been self-isolating since her second positive test and has not reported any symptoms.
She has taken her fifth test this week, and expects her results to come through today.
Ms Kray, from Reading, added: “The truth is, we really don’t know what we’re dealing with, what it can do and who it can harm.
“It’s an invisible killer and this has been the hardest time of my life in terms of work. We have just been non-stop, so I feel guilty I have had so much time off.”
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Reports of people catching COVID-19 more than once are beginning to emerge after a 33-year-old man in Hong Kong became the first confirmed person to have caught the virus twice in August.
The man had first tested positive for the virus in March and was admitted to a hospital in Hong Kong for treatment.
He then tested negative for the virus twice before being discharged, only to test positive again four months later after being screened at an airport.
He was not showing any symptoms when he tested positive again, according to Science Daily.
Scientists have described reports of people being infected more than once as not particularly shocking.
Professor Gordon Dougan, a vaccinology and immunology expert at the University of Cambridge, told Express.co.uk such cases are “not entirely unexpected.”
He said: “It looks as if people do become immune to COVID-19 but the question is for how long? Normally any immunity starts to wane after an infection.
“It looks as if the person in Hong Kong was re-infected but asymptomatically. This is likely because they still had some immunity and although the virus could get into the nose it could not cause disease.
“However, more vulnerable people may get re-infected and get disease. We do not know yet but will learn more over the next months.”
He added two other reports of reinfections in Holland had been confirmed shortly after the first one.
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