Dr. Cabrera: Not clear whether those who recovered are already immune from COVID-19

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There are reports from Korea and elsewhere that some people who were thought to have recovered have since fallen ill again with COVID-19. Dr. Felix Cabrera, a member of the governor's medical advisory team, said the science is still not clear.

As of Tuesday, 66 people on Guam had recovered from COVID-19, but it’s not yet clear whether that means they are immune from ever getting the disease again.

There are reports from Korea and elsewhere that some people who were thought to have recovered have since fallen ill again with COVID-19.

Dr. Felix Cabrera, a member of the governor’s medical advisory team, said the science is still not clear.

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“We’re not really sure what we’re actually seeing in these cases. Are we dealing with re-activation or re-infection? And the answer to that right now is that we really don’t know. That’s why we have to be extremely conservative in terms of our effort because even though we’re reporting these recovered cases, in no way can we assume they are completely immune and not at risk of having COVID 19 again,” he said said.

Last Friday, South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control reported that 91 people previously cleared of infection had tested positive once again for the coronavirus.

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