Why antibodies may not safeguard you against COVID-19 reinfection


By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |

December 23, 2020 1:20:29 pm

Researchers proceed to state the life and power of antibodies must be studied deeply; this might require conducting massive research with a wider vary of people that have not too long ago recovered from COVID-19. (Source: Pixabay)

Even although there’s a lot that we already know concerning the coronavirus, there are nonetheless some issues that should be understood. Around the world, there are numerous misconceptions concerning the virus, with essentially the most distinguished one being that when an individual has been contaminated, there are much less possibilities of them getting reinfected due to the presence of antibodies. But, we have now learn within the information about individuals getting contaminated once more, and Dr Anita Mathew, Infectious Disease Specialist at Fortis Hospital, Mulund, says that a lot analysis is required to grasp how lengthy the antibodies developed after a current COVID19 an infection will defend an individual, if in any respect – and if the antibodies are even sturdy sufficient to combat reinfection.

It has been famous that if SARS-CoV-2 (virus that causes COVID-19) follows the footsteps of different pre-existing coronaviruses, reinfection will likely be widespread — and can not stay to be a one-off case research, she says.

“Researchers continue to state that the life and strength of antibodies needs to be studied deeply; this would require conducting large studies with a wider range of people who have recently recovered from COVID-19. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is studying the reinfection episodes among those who have been treated. While more data-driven facts are awaited, it needs to be understood we cannot take antibodies for granted; they do not make for an ‘immunity passport’ as the World Health Organization (WHO) aptly put it,” the physician explains.

She says whereas it has been established there isn’t a fact-based understanding concerning the skill of our antibodies in combating reinfection, it is very important talk about the following part of beating the virus — vaccination.

“There’s a need to take a closer look at how the vaccine deployment programme will progress, how soon each of us will get the jab, and why it is important to get vaccinated.”

* The rollout: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), India, not too long ago launched detailed tips about mass vaccination that may begin as soon as a regulatory board accepted vaccine will get the authorization.

* The precedence: While this vaccine may be made out there for emergency use, the part 1 rollout is aimed toward healthcare staff, frontline staff, individuals over 50 years, and people beneath 50 years with comorbidities.

Why get vaccinated?

Dr Mathew says getting a COVID-19 vaccine may stop you from getting significantly unwell even when you do get contaminated, and it’ll defend individuals round you, notably these at excessive threat.

While we anticipate the regulator-approved vaccines, let’s proceed to safeguard ourselves and our family members — it may be just a few months earlier than you get the jab if you don’t fall beneath the aforesaid class. Stay secure, constructive, and if you’ve been contaminated earlier than, don’t take antibodies with no consideration!” the physician concludes.

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