Reinfection of the Virus that Causes COVID-19

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

CDC updated 2 websites on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 that address coronavirus reinfection.

Reinfection of the Virus that Causes COVID-19

Interim Clinical Guidance for Management of Patients with Confirmed Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

You’ll note that reinfection was addressed twice in the Interim Clinical Guidance.  This is what you’ll find in that Guidance:

As with everything surrounding COVID-19 in 2020, we’re still learning as we battle this virus in our daily lives.  We can’t let our guard down while on duty in healthcare facilities or in our communities when we’re off duty.  CDC is actively working to learn more about reinfection to inform public health action. CDC developed recommendations for public health professionals to help decide when and how to test someone for suspected reinfection. CDC has also provided information for state and local health departments to help investigate suspected cases of reinfection. We will update this guidance as we learn more about reinfection.

At this time, whether you have had COVID-19 or not, the best way to prevent infection is to take steps to protect yourself:

  • Wear a mask in public places
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from other people
  • Wash your hands
  • Avoid crowds and confined spaces