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Raul Ruidiaz contracts Covid-19 for a second time

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Sounders forward is now apparently recovered.

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Raúl Ruidíaz recently contracted Covid-19 for a second time, the Seattle Sounders forward told his Instagram followers on Friday. Unlike Ruidíaz’s first bout with coronavirus in which he was reportedly asymptomatic and recovered well enough to have a goal and an assist in his first game back, this time he was hit “hard.”

“I had Covid for two weeks — the whole family — and we had all the symptoms,” Ruidíaz said in Spanish. “I was the one with the most severe symptoms; I was hit the hardest. But now I’m fine, thank God. After 15 horrible days, they were horrible for us, but now I’m [feeling better].

“And now to do what I like the most and train a little because I’m not at 100 ... So my people take care of yourselves please. Take care of yourselves a lot and I’m sending a hard hug. We will get through this either way.”

Ruidíaz’s second infection came about four months after the first time he tested positive, which would be just outside what is generally believed to be the minimum period of immunity. It also appears as though people who were asymptomatic initially may be more likely to be reinfected.