A case of SARS-CoV-2 reinfection in a patient with obstructive sleep apnea managed with telemedicine

Isabelo Sicsic, Andres R. Chacon, Moe Zaw, Kori Ascher, Alexandre Abreu, Alejandro Chediak

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Abstract

The novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) has produced millions of infections and deaths worldwide. It is believed that adaptive immunity to the virus occurs although with variation in its pattern and duration. While uncommon, confirmed reinfection with the novel coronavirus has been reported. Telemedicine has emerged as a viable tool for the delivery of healthcare in lieu of in-person patient contact. The variable and occasionally rapid course of clinical disease raises safety concerns of using telemedicine in the clinical management of acute infection with the novel coronavirus. We present a case of novel coronavirus infection in an immunocompetent individual with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who failed to manifest an adaptive immune response to acute infection and was subsequently reinfected. The case highlights the use of telemedicine in managing novel coronavirus respiratory disease and the potential role of OSA as a disease facilitator.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere240496
JournalBMJ case reports
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2021

Keywords

  • global health
  • healthcare improvement and patient safety
  • medical management
  • sleep disorders (respiratory medicine)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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