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Immunity vs CoVid may last for decades, new study showed

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Immunity against the CoViD-19 may last for years, Zurich-based Bacolod vaccinologist Dr. Melvin Sanicas said.

Sanicas, in his Facebook account, said the “most robust study” so far on COVID-19 immunity showed that it may last for years, perhaps even decades.

Sanicas cited a study by researchers at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology that, although not yet been peer-reviewed, is consistent with similar findings from other groups.

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In this study, most of the 185 participants who had COVID-19 (and recovered) could still ‘fight’ the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus eight months later.

The slow rate of decline in immunity suggests protection may last a long time, Sanicas said.

Some months ago, reports of waning antibody levels made people worry that immunity may disappear quickly and make people vulnerable to the virus again.

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It is normal for antibody levels to drop, Sanicas said, adding that antibodies are just one arm of the immunesystem.

Sanicas also cited a study in Nature.com which showed that those who have recovered from COVID-19 have protective killer immune cells even when antibodies are NOT detectable.

This is again consistent with another recent finding from Duke-NUS Medical School investigators that showed survivors of #SARS (not SARS-CoV-2) still carry important immune cells over 17 after recovery.

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Hannah A. Papasin
Hannah A. Papasinhttp://facebook.com/hannah.mariveles
Writer. Critic. Professor. She started writing since primary school and now has two published textbooks on communication. A film buff, she's a Communication, Media Literacy and Journalism Professor of the University of St. La Salle-Bacolod, and has a Master's Degree in English.
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