According to a new study, surviving the Chinese Coronavirus gives you the same protection as being vaccinated. Although this protection may only last a few months.
In research announced by the National Institutes of Health on its website, a study from the National Cancer Institute found that people “who have had evidence of a prior infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, appear to be well protected against being reinfected with the virus, at least for a few months.”
“This finding may explain why reinfection appears to be relatively rare, and it could have important public health implications, including decisions about returning to physical workplaces, school attendance, the prioritization of vaccine distribution, and other activities,” the NIH news release said.
“The data from this study suggest that people who have a positive result from a commercial antibody test appear to have substantial immunity to SARS-CoV-2, which means they may be at lower risk for future infection,” said Dr. Lynne Penberthy, who led the study.
“Additional research is needed to understand how long this protection lasts, who may have limited protection, and how patient characteristics, such as comorbid conditions, may impact protection. We are nevertheless encouraged by this early finding,” she said.
I’m unsure of what to exactly to make of this study. It doesn’t completely debunk the need for a vaccine. According to reports, the vaccine has been shown to give you a less severe case of COVID. This study does nothing to grapple with that reality.
It is good news that those that get COVID will have immunity to it for months to come.
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