Why is COVID so popular? – Los Angeles

She tested positive for COVID-19 just days after Maxine Waters, Congresswoman, attended the Summit of the Americas last week in downtown LA. Waters tested positive for COVID-19 for the second time in two months.

Many COVID-19 patients believed that they would be protected for many years or months from it happening again. Researchers tell the NBC4 I-Team this is not true.

“I’m not surprised to see people testing positive a second and third time,”Dr. Saahir Khan, an infectious diseases expert at USC’s Keck school of Medicine, says:

“The virus is mutating very quickly,”Dr. Khan explained to NBC4.

Khan and other doctors say that if you are infected by the Omicron BA.1/BA.2 variants, your antibodies may not be sufficient to protect you from the newer BA.4 or BA.5 subvariants currently spreading throughout Southern California.

“As the virus mutates more and more, the antibodies to the prior variants give less and less protection over time,” Dr. Khan says.

However, public health experts agree that second and subsequent infections are very common. “manageable.”

“The thing about these reinfections, is they get increasingly milder. Much less likely to even cause you to call your doctor,” says Dr. Amesh Adalja of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

How soon after an infection can you get COVID a second time or third time?

Xavier Becerra (U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary) tested positive Monday, less that a month after his positive first test.

“I wouldn’t say there’s a hard and fast timeline when you can get reinfected. It’s just that your protection wanes over time, over the course of a few months,”Dr. Khan at USC

Public health experts believe that although the current vaccines are not effective in preventing reinfection by more recent variants of the virus, there is a possibility that a newer class of vaccines could be developed that will provide greater protection.

“COVID is easily spread in the air, especially indoors where people are breathing the same air. Wearing a mask indoors can help prevent reinfection, especially in high-risk situations like grocery stores and airports.

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