NEWSWEEK: COVID-19 Antibodies Appear to Last for at Least Two Months, Preliminary Study Shows

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Daniel M. Davis, professor of immunology at the University of Manchester who did not work on the paper, told Newsweek: "Understanding how antibody production varies among people is vital for many reasons, not least in learning how to treat people appropriately."

Six months into the COVID-19 pandemic which has killed over 437,000 people in more than 8 million cases, it remains unclear whether people who catch the virus are protected against future reinfections.

Davis, the author of The Beautiful Cure, a book about the immune system, said: "Crucially, the mere presence of antibodies in a person's blood doesn't signify whether or not a person is really protected from being re-infected.

Addressing the differences in white and non-white participants, he said: "There could be any number of reasons for this, especially because only a small number of people were tested. Also, it's not clear whether such a small difference would have any biological consequence in itself."

Davis said: "Importantly, this study has not been peer-reviewed and must be taken as preliminary."

Period16 Jun 2020

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  • TitleCOVID-19 Antibodies Appear to Last for at Least Two Months, Preliminary Study Shows
    Media name/outletNewsweek
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    Date16/06/20
    DescriptionDaniel M. Davis, professor of immunology at the University of Manchester who did not work on the paper, told Newsweek: "Understanding how antibody production varies among people is vital for many reasons, not least in learning how to treat people appropriately."

    Six months into the COVID-19 pandemic which has killed over 437,000 people in more than 8 million cases, it remains unclear whether people who catch the virus are protected against future reinfections.

    Davis, the author of The Beautiful Cure, a book about the immune system, said: "Crucially, the mere presence of antibodies in a person's blood doesn't signify whether or not a person is really protected from being re-infected.

    Addressing the differences in white and non-white participants, he said: "There could be any number of reasons for this, especially because only a small number of people were tested. Also, it's not clear whether such a small difference would have any biological consequence in itself."

    Davis said: "Importantly, this study has not been peer-reviewed and must be taken as preliminary."
    URLhttps://www.newsweek.com/covid-19-antibodies-two-months-preliminary-study-1511165
    PersonsDaniel Davis

Keywords

  • coronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • immunology