Those flouting masks after previous coronavirus infection and assumed immunity can still carry the virus and transmit it to others, doctors say. Reinfection is also possible, though these cases have been far and few between.
Health experts told Fox News that, despite studies, there is still uncertainty over how long immunity lasts after infection. Not to mention, upon reexposure, the virus can linger in airways and then spread to others.
“Most likely if you are infected once then you are more likely to be immune against the infection,” said Dr. Adi Shah, infectious disease expert at the Mayo Clinic. “But immunity against the infection doesn’t mean you cannot carry it.”
“You could still transmit the virus to someone else who does not have this said immunity and that’s why it’s important to wear a mask even if you have been infected once,” Shah explained.
Like Shah, Dr. Dean Winslow, an infectious disease physician at Stanford Health Care, also pointed