Professor Devi Sridhar warns second covid infection worse than the first
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Professor Devi Sridhar, one of Nicola Sturgeon’s top Coronavirus advisors during the Covid-19 pandemic, has warned against being infected by coronavirus twice.
Professor Sridhar has said that the effects of catching the virus the second time can be worse than the first. This has been reiterated by a number of health officials in the past few weeks as the number of cases have significantly risen in Scotland.
On social media, Professor Sridhar shared that recent research has pointed towards the more adverse impact of being re-infected by the virus as it can be even worse than the first infection.
Revealing that a reinfection was unavoidable, she said, “Recent pre-print on COVID re-infections basically says that re-infection (having COVID twice) is worse than once. So yes, a disease to try to avoid.”
“Although, given over 90 per cent of people are estimated to have had covid at least once in UK, obviously hard to avoid. Even for those being cautious,” she added.
Professor Linda Bauld, Professor of Public Health at the University of Edinburgh, earlier in the week warned that another wave has already begun.
John Harden, the Scottish Government ‘s Deputy National Clinical Director, in an interview with BBC Good Morning Scotland host Laura Maxwell was asked if Scotland was in another wave, to which he replied, “I don’t think it feels like it just yet. I think we may well be heading in that direction.”
“The difficulty with waves is you only know you’re in a wave once you’re in it, and it’s quite obvious.”
“At the moment we’ve got a bit of an increase in cases which we are tracking very closely. I would suggest that time will tell if we’re in a wave when we look back so it’s very hard to say for certain.”