Two new studies suggest immunity to the novel coronavirus could last years, especially for those who have been infected with the virus and been vaccinated.
Does COVID immunity last longer than we think?
- Vaccinated people who never got the coronavirus may need booster shots to improve immunity.
- The studies reviewed patients who had been infected with COVID-19 more than one year ago.
One of the studies — published in the journal Nature — suggested that cells can “retain a memory of the virus persist in the bone marrow and may churn out antibodies whenever needed,” according to The New York Times.
How long does COVID immunity last?
For the most part, immunity to COVID-19 remains a mystery. Recent research has found that natural immunity from COVID-19 antibodies can last around six months. Still, experts suggest people get the COVID-19 vaccine as a way to stay safe, as I wrote for the Deseret News.
- “You can certainly not rely on a past infection as protecting you from being ill again, and possibly quite ill if you are in the elderly segment,” Steen Ethelberg, an epidemiologist at Statens Serum Institut in Denmark, told The New York Times.