U.S. Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) posted an update on his health status on Facebook. In his message, Higgins explained that he and his wife have been reinfected with COVID for a second time. According to Rep. Higgins, he and his wife tested positive in January 2020 and were some of the first cases of the “CCP biological attack weaponized virus.”
Here is Rep. Higgins Facebook message:
We very much appreciate the tremendous outpouring of love and kindness over the past 10 days from the hundreds of friends and supporters who have reached out to me directly.
I keep my family’s private business very quiet, because of the evil in the world, yet we are uplifted by the love of God’s children, and quiet privacy does not mean secrecy, so, here’s the update.
I have COVID, Becca has COVID, my son has COVID. Becca and I had COVID before, early on, in January 2020, before the world really knew what it was. So, this is our second experience with the CCP biological attack weaponized virus… and this episode is far more challenging. It has required all of my devoted energy.
We are all under excellent care, and our prognosis is positive. We are very healthy generally speaking, and our treatment of any health concern always encompasses western, eastern, and holistic variables.
I ask that my family’s privacy be respected. Media inquiries should be directed to my DC office.
I love and respect you all. I am honored and humbled to serve you in Congress. Our mission will continue. My family and I will recover fully. Your prayerful support is felt deep within my family and will never be forgotten.
So, how common is it to be reinfected with COVID?
According to the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy – People who had COVID-19 had an 84% lower risk of becoming reinfected and a 93% lower risk of symptomatic infection during 7 months of follow-up, according to findings from a large, multicenter studypublished late last week in The Lancet.
According To The Largest Study Of Its Kind In The U.S., COVID-19 Reinfection Rate Is Less Than 1% for Those Who Had Severe Illness
A study conducted by researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine and MU Health Care found that among more than 9000 patients who had severe COVID-19, less than 1% contracted the illness again at approximately 3.5 months after an initial positive test.
In collaboration with MU Institute for Data Science and Informatics and the Tiger Institute for Health Innovation, researchers assessed data from 62 US health care facilities. The findings showed that 63 of the 9119 patients with severe COVID-19 infection contracted the virus a second time, with an average reinfection period of 116 days. The findings also showed that among 63 patients reinfected, 2 of them died.
“Our analysis also found asthma and nicotine dependence were associated with reinfection,” said lead researcher Adnan I. Qureshi, MD, professor of clinical neurology at the MU School of Medicine, in the press release. “However, there was a significantly lower rate of pneumonia, heart failure and acute kidney injury observed with reinfection compared with primary infection.”
“This is one of the largest studies of its kind in the U.S., and the important message here is that COVID-19 reinfection after an initial case is possible, and the duration of immunity that an initial infection provides is not completely clear,” Qureshi said in the press release.
It is entirely possible that Rep. Higgins and his wife were misdiagnosed the first time, as many of the early tests were reportedly giving false-positive results. In any case, reinfection of COVID can apparently happen, but according to most medical journals, the chances of reinfection are rare.