After a genomic analysis of the cases identified by the Dominican Ministry of Public Health of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 twice within a period of more than 90 days, it is suggested that reinfection is possible, according to researcher Robert Paulino.
The scholar, who runs the Institute of Tropical Medicine & Global Health of the Ibero-American University (UNIBE) and, together with other institutions, led the research on the first sequences of the virus in the Dominican Republic a few months ago, informed that this laboratory has the capacity to carry out such genomic analysis, but it needs data on those cases in order to do so. According to the researcher, only these studies could determine if there is a reinfection or not in patients in the country.
Data provided by the Department of Epidemiology of the Dominican Ministry of Public Health suggests that there are 343 people nationwide who have tested positive for COVID-19 twice within a period of more than 90 days. “A reinfection can’t be confirmed if there is no evidence of the first and second infection. This is why, at our laboratory, we keep data on the positive cases, and it’s my understanding they do the same at the laboratories Referencia and Laboratorio Nacional”, Paulino said.
Source: Listin Diario