One TCU student on campus has tested positive for COVID-19 for the second time.
Mary Price Montagnet is a sophomore business major who initially tested positive in late March after spring break. The second time she tested positive was in late August, shortly after school started.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests immunity following COVID-19 infection lasts approximately three months.
“People who have tested positive for COVID-19 do not need to quarantine or get tested again for up to three months as long as they do not develop symptoms again,” according to the CDC.
Montagnet said she was shocked when she saw her second positive test result.
“I was really overwhelmed and frustrated because everyone was coming down with it,” Montagnet said. “So I started crying the second time just because of the overwhelming emotions and everything.”
Montagnet and two other infected students quarantined for two weeks at Liberty Lofts, a student housing center near campus. Montagnet said her symptoms improved the second time around, and she believed her immune response to the virus had strengthened.
Through her experience, Montagnet said she thinks others can become reinfected with COVID-19. She worries that another wave of infections are inevitable this fall.
“You never know when your antibodies are gonna fade away,” Montagnet said. “You never know who you’re around that has it so I would just tell everyone that they’re not invincible if they’ve already had it.”
Montagnet is currently healthy and working to avoid a third infection.