New Research Reports Possible Long-Lasting Immunity to COVID-19
Research collected from recovered coronavirus patients suggests long term immunity to the virus is possible.
- By Nikki Johnson-Bolden
- Nov 23, 2020
New research suggests that immunity to coronavirus may last several years after infection, according to the New York Times.
The research has not been published in a scientific journal yet, nor has it been peer reviewed. It states that eight months after becoming infected with COVID-19, people could have enough immune cells to fight the virus for years after the initial infection.
“That amount of memory would likely prevent the vast majority of people from getting hospitalized disease, severe disease, for many years,” said Shane Crotty, a virologist at the La Jolla Institute of Immunology and co-leader of the study.
The information coincides with another recently published study that discovered that people who recovered from coronavirus have protective immune cells even if they have no detectable antibodies.
Nikki Johnson-Bolden is an Associate Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety.