Coronavirus Immunity May Last Years, Possibly Even Decades, Study Suggests

by SammyNovember 19, 2020

Immunity to the novel coronavirus may last eight months or longer, according to a new study authored by respected scientists at leading labs, which found that individuals who recovered from the coronavirus developed “robust” levels of B cells and T cells (necessary for fighting off the virus) and “these cells may persist in the body for a very, very long time.”

Researchers collected blood samples from 185 patients between the ages of 19 to 81 who had tested positive for the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) early in the pandemic and discovered that most had enough immune cells to combat the virus and prevent reinfection.

In addition, these antibodies were “durable,” showing remarkably slow rates of decline that were consistent with many years, and potentially even decades, of protection.



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