COVID-19 Update: Reinfection Almost Never Happens for at Least 6 Months
How long does #COVID19 #immunity last? It’s still too soon for a final answer, but new @UniofOxford findings from #healthcare workers show #reinfection almost never happens for at least 6 months. #NIH https://t.co/Oop6GbMECt— Francis S. Collins (@NIHDirector) December 8, 2020
Health Editor’s Note: New findings from a study using thousands healthcare workers in England who contracted COVID-19 and produced antibodies to it were unlikely to become infected again or if reinfection, not for 6 or so months. In the rare instance when a person again tested positive, after recovery from first infection, rarely showed signs of a new illness.
At this point it is not written in stone how long protective antibodies remain. While this may be promising news among those that have survived infection to live another day, there are still many who have never been infected and are cannon fodder for this virus. We know that the vaccine will be given in two doses and will most probably end up being a yearly vaccination, as is the influenza vaccine….Carol