A new British study shows that being infected with COVID-19 can protect people from infection for up to five months or even longer.
The SIREN study from the Public Health Agency of England (PHE) was conducted among approximately 20,000 healthcare professionals and found that only 44 of the 6614 COVID-19 antibodies recruited had experienced a “probable” reinfection Compared with the chance of being infected, it reduces those who don’t have antibodies by 83%. The study was conducted between June 18 and November 24.
SIREN found that antibody infections lasted about five months on average from the time they first infected participants.
“We now know that most people who have been infected with the virus and have developed antibodies can prevent reinfection, but that’s not all, and we don’t yet know how long this protection will last. It’s crucial that we I believe people can still pass the SIREN research leader and PHE senior medical consultant Susan Hopkins said in a statement on Wednesday.
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Hopkins added that people who have been infected with COVID-19 can “rest assured that it is extremely unlikely” that they will “developing a serious infection,” but reinfection can still spread the virus to other people.
Hopkins explained at the press conference that only about 30% of participants who were reinfected with the antibody reported symptoms, compared with about 78% of participants who were infected with the virus for the first time.
However, these results are not correct for everyone infected with COVID-19. For example, a study published in August showed an example of a Nevada man who developed severe COVID-19 symptoms after being infected with the virus again.
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Researchers in Nevada found that a person’s initial exposure to COVID-19 “may not produce 100% protective immunity for all individuals.” In the introduction, the researchers also pointed out that the use of other forms of coronaviruses, immunity Will be lost within one to three years.
In a statement on Wednesday, Hopkins said: “Now, more than ever, we must all protect our medical services and save lives at home.”
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SIREN researchers will continue to study participants throughout the course of next year to understand how long COVID-19 immunity can last in people who have previously been infected with the virus.