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Good Morning Britain's Dr Hilary Jones has explained that contracting and recovering from Covid-19 gives you a similar level of protection from the virus in the future as the vaccine does.

Speaking to hosts Ben Shephard and Susanna Reid, Dr Hilary was discussing an 106-year-old woman named Connie Titchen, who contracted the illness twice in 12 months.

While surviving Covid does not stop you from contracting it again, and neither does the virus, it is thought your symptoms will not be as bad the second time around and you are far less likely to be hospitalised.

Ben asked: "Can you explain a little bit, lots of people didn't think you could get it twice.

"Connie has had it for the second time and they tested her in the care home, she was asymptomatic the second time around, it didn't affect her too much did it?"

Dr Hilary confirmed surviving Covid gives you a similar level of protection as the vaccine

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Dr Hilary explained: "Yes, it depends, it could be that immunity wanes, which is can often do in the elderly quite quickly, we don't know how long immunity against Covid infection lasts.

"We don't know how long vaccination immunity lasts yet.

"So it's possible to catch it twice, it's possible that the test is positive but you're only picking up the sheds of fragments of the virus, but it is possible, we do have some recorded cases globally of people contracting Covid-19 [twice] between a relatively short space of time.

"So it's possible to get it twice, possibly from a new variant."

Connie Titchen, 106, was totally asymptomatic the second time around

Susanna read out the results of a new study that said contracting the illness previously gave patients 85% protection against asymptomatic and symptomatic reinfection – which is the same level of protection the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine gives.

"That is what you'd expect with many other viral infections for which we have vaccinations, if you have the natural disease, you get immunity, if you have the vaccination, you get immunity in a similar way," said Dr Hilary.

"So it's what you'd expect, but it's good to have it confirmed."

* Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am