How Often Can You Get COVID-19? The Truth About Coronavirus Reinfection

Published May 18, 2022

An article in Prevention magazine on recurring COVID-19 infections quotes Thomas A. Russo, MD, SUNY Distinguished Professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases. The ways of protecting yourself from a COVID reinfection are similar to how you’d protect yourself from a first COVID infection, Russo says. “Get vaxxed to the max and, when there’s high community burden of disease, avoid risky situations and wear a mask,” he says. “Our vaccines are imperfect against preventing infections, but that is your best strategy.” Russo cautions against relying on immunity from a previous infection. “If you’ve been infected previously, your best protection is packaging that with vaccination,” he says. “You shouldn’t feel like, ‘I’ve had COVID, this is behind me and it’s all good.’ That’s just not the reality.”