According to a study by frontline health workers fighting the UK’s coronavirus epidemic, people who have Covid-19 are more likely to be re-contracted at least six months after their first infection.
Researchers at the University of Oxford say the findings should give some confidence to the more than 51 million people worldwide who have been infected with the epidemic.
“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. Who co-led the study.
In isolated cases of recurrence of COVID-19, illness with the SARS-COV-2 virus has raised concerns that potential remission may be short-lived and recur. Patients can get sick quickly.
But the results of the study, conducted on a group of UK healthcare professionals – who are among the most at risk of compromising COVID-19 – indicate that relapse cases are rare. Will stay
“Being infected with Covid-19 offers a re-infection for most people for at least six months,” Iyer said. “We did not find any new symptomatic infection in any of the participants who tested positive for antibodies.”
The study, part of a major staff testing program, covers a period of 30 weeks between April and November 2020. The results were not reviewed by other scientists, but were published on the Madrexiv website prior to the review.
During the study, 89 out of 11,052 staff without antibodies developed a new infection with symptoms, while none of the 1,246 staff with antibodies developed a symptom infection.
Researchers said staff with antibodies were less likely to test positive for Covid-19 without any symptoms, the researchers said, adding that 76 were positive without antibodies tested, compared to only three with antibodies. He said all three were OK and did not develop code-19 symptoms.
“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.
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