COVID-19 reinfection unlikely for at least six months, study finds

British Study Discloses Good News On COVID-19

But the results of the study, conducted on a group of United Kingdom healthcare professionals - who are among the most at risk of compromising COVID-19 - indicate that relapse cases are rare.

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According to Business Insider, the study authors wrote: "Prior SARS-CoV-2 infection that generated antibody response offered protection from reinfection for most people in the six months following infections". Of the remaining workers who did not have antibodies, 89 tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Oxford study into reinfection drew on data from regular coronavirus testing of 12,180 health care workers at OUH over a period of 30 weeks.

"This is really good news, because we can be sure that, in a short time, most people who receive COVID-19 will not be seen again", said David Eyre, a professor at the Nuffield Department of Population Health in Oxford. They found 91.1% of those who had recovered from COVID-19 had antibodies against the virus months after infection.

"We will follow this group of staff closely to see how long the protection lasts and whether the previous infection affects the severity of the infection if people become infected again", Ayre said.

The researchers then followed whether staff who had been infected before had the same number of new COVID-19 infections as those who had not been infected before. None of the 1,246 staff with antibodies developed a symptomatic infection.

Again. 6 without antibodies testing positive, compared to only three with antibodies.

A new therapy for influenza virus infections that may also prove effective against many other pathogenic virus infections, including HIV and COVID-19, has been developed by Purdue University scientists.

This study mirrors the recent results of research from Iceland.

"Studies like this one are absolutely vital in helping us to understand how this new virus behaves and what the implications are for acquired immunity".

Dr Katie Jeffery, Director of Infection Prevention and Control for Oxford University Hospitals said: "This is an exciting finding, indicating that infection with the virus provides at least short-term protection from re-infection".

However, there are hopes after the study indicated that reinfection is extremely rare.



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