Can a person contract COVID-19 more than once? Kris Ehresman with the Minnesota Department of Health says the thinking is no but there’s not enough information to give a definitive answer.
“What we don’t know is whether or not the virus will remain stable or change,” said Ehresman. “For instance, if someone develops measles they have lifetime immunity because the virus is very stable. With COVID-19, we expect individuals that have had it should have some level of protection. The question is will it be like influenza where we have to adapt vaccines from year-to-year.”
State health officials say 220 of the 441 individuals who have tested positive for coronavirus have recovered and are no longer in isolation.