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A woman who died from COVID-19 was the first recorded case of contracting 2 variants of coronavirus at the same time, researchers say

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  • A 90-year-old Belgian woman died in March after contracting two coronavirus strains at the same time.
  • The woman, who had both the UK and South African variant, died five days after getting sick.
  • Researchers say the case is the first of its kind, but warn there could be more.
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A 90-year-old Belgian woman who died from COVID-19 in March contracted both the UK and South African strain simultaneously, researchers said at a press conference on Sunday.

Her case, which was discussed at this year's European Congress on Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) as part of Belgian research, is believed to be the first of its kind.

The woman, who reportedly was not vaccinated, got sick in March and was treated at a hospital close to Brussels, according to Belgian broadcaster VRT .

It is not clear how she became infected, but her doctors said she could have contracted the infections from two different people, Reuters reported .

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While her oxygen levels were initially stable, her condition deteriorated very quickly, and she died five days later.

Molecular biologist Anne Vankeerberghen said that it was difficult to tell whether the co-infection played a role in the fast deterioration of the patient.

"Both these variants were circulating in Belgium at the time, so the lady was likely co-infected with different viruses from two different people," she said, according to the Guardian.

Vankeerberghen works for the OLV hospital in Belgium, which is leading the research. Their findings have not yet been submitted to a medical journal for publication.

Even though there are no other published cases of similar co-infections, researchers believe the case shows that it is possible to catch two COVID-19 variants simultaneously. Vankeerberghen said the "phenomenon is probably underestimated," according to the Guardian.

There are four coronavirus variants that experts around the world are most concerned about.

The Delta variant, which came out of India and is more infectious than the original virus , is currently driving most new infections in Europe and the United States.

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I have had covid-19 and I am not getting vaccinated for the simple reason is it's a poisonous situation it has not been given the ok by the FDA, CDC and it's killing people including a 17 Year old girl ,a 15 year old boy that had no underlying illness's .. There for I will rely on God and my 2 amendment right .. My Life my way the government can go stick the vaccines up There ass's as far as I am concerned..

Kathy Irvine

This is normal she was 90 she lived a long life. Do you not know that getting old is normal. Wow most of my family didn't live this long, let's all just blame it on Covid! People Wake Up this is an Agenda of FEAR! Will never take this poisonous SHOT! Got hit by a train it's Covid SERIOUSLY!

Guy Schrader

So what was the purpose of this article? Is it meant to get people to go get shots to create additional variants of the virus?


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