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Scientists see lasting immunity in COVID-19 patients

Experts said they see some lasting immunity in those who had COVID-19

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COVID-19 testing is performed at Utah Valley Hospital in Provo on Friday, May 8, 2020. In an effort to help address COVID-19 hot spots that have been identified in Utah County, the Intermountain Healthcare Coronavirus Mobile Testing Unit provided testing to area residents.

COVID-19 testing is performed at Utah Valley Hospital in Provo on Friday, May 8, 2020. In an effort to help address COVID-19 hot spots that have been identified in Utah County, the Intermountain Healthcare Coronavirus Mobile Testing Unit provided testing to area residents.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Scientists recently told The New York Times they have seen lasting immunity in COVID-19 patients, a positive sign for experts who are concerned about how long recovered patients can stay safe.

What’s going on?

Scientists have been monitoring immune responses to the coronavirus over the last few months to find how long a recovered patient can stay safe from the virus.

Things are really working as they’re supposed to. — Deepta Bhattacharya, an immunologist at the University of Arizona

  • The researchers can’t determine how long the immune responses lasts. But the data is seen as a positive sign that the body can respond to the novel coronavirus and fend it off, at least in many cases, according to The New York Times.
This is exactly what you would hope for. — Marion Pepper, an immunologist at the University of Washington

What’s next?

  • According to Fox News, the researchers said the next step will be finding true proof about whether people can ward off the coronavirus after they are exposed once.