The un-named care worker from Reading has been tested five times for Covid-19.The mother-of-two first became symptomatic in late March and tested negative.In April, her condition deteriorated and she was tested again and was positive. She since tested positive a second time after returning a negative test.
Care home worker, first Brit to catch Covid-19 twice
A 31-year-old British care worker is one of only five people in the world to have tested positive twice for Covid-19. The woman, who has not been identified, has been tested for Covid-19 five times over the past five months.
On two occasions, she tested positive for the disease.
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The mother-of-two from Reading, Berkshire, told The Sun: ‘I always thought that if you develop coronavirus once then you are immune after that, but maybe I’m a special case.
‘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.’
She said she first became symptomatic in March, with a shortness of breath, high temperature and raised blood pressure. She had her first Covid-19 test in early April and was confirmed to have the disease.
She was tested again a fortnight later and was negative.
She became symptomatic in June and was sent to hospital where she was tested, providing a negative result.
As she works in a care home, the mother was asked to remain at home until her condition improved – despite the second negative test.
A fortnight ago she tested Covid positive for the second time.
She told The Sun: ‘I really wasn’t well when I contracted this disease in April. It left me in bed for over a week. Once I had successfully self-isolated and recovered, I went and got tested again.
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‘As I expected, I was negative and I thought that would be the end of it. I hadn’t heard of anyone getting it twice. I planned to go back to work and before I did, I took another test. 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.‘
She said did not have shortness of breath or have a fever.
On Monday, she took a fifth test at home and is now expecting to be negative again.
She said she has been self-isolating but couldn’t believe that she had contracted the disease a second time.
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