Woman develops rare ‘coinfection’ with two coronavirus variants

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An elderly woman in Belgium was infected with two variants of the novel coronavirus at the same time, in a rare case of “coinfection” with the virus, according to a new report.

The 90-year-old woman, who was not vaccinated against COVID-19, developed a simultaneous infection with the alpha coronavirus variant (first identified in the U.K.), and the beta coronavirus variant (first identified in South Africa), according to the report, presented this week at the virtual European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID). Both the alpha and beta variants are considered coronavirus “variants of concern,” or ones with worrisome features such as increased transmissibility, according to the World Health Organization.

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