Researchers: COVID Immunity In Recovered Patients May Be Gone In Two Months

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Sarah Shaiman

While 60 percent of participants had potent antibody count, in two months just 16.7 percent had potent antibody count.

A study released this month found that COVID-19 patients may lose immunity within months, according to The Hill.

  • It was found that the level of antibodies rapidly deteriorated in patients after peaking several weeks after initial exposure.

Researchers analyzed immune responses of patients and health care workers at Guy's and St. Thomas’ National Health Service Foundation Trust in London and found that levels of antibodies that destroy the virus quickly declined after peaking several weeks after patients exhibited symptoms.

  • At the beginning of the study 60 percent of patients had “potent” antibody content. However, two months later just 16.7 percent of patients had potency.
  • Katie Doores, the lead author on the study at King’s College London, said, “People are producing a reasonable antibody response to the virus, but it’s waning over a short period of time and depending on how high your peak is, that determines how long the antibodies are staying around.”
  • This study, which has yet to be peer-reviewed, appears to shed light on the long term effects of the coronavirus.
  • To date, 12.9 million people have contracted the virus with 3.37 million being Americans.

Read the study here.

Read the Hill report here.

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