Perhaps we should take this study with a grain of salt?
After all.. “for life” is quite the assertion when we are only one year into the history still being written about what COVID-19 will do next, right?
Anyway, this is what is being reported:
Researchers say patients with mild cases of coronavirus still have antibodies protecting them from reinfection nearly a year later. In fact, a team at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis believes this protection from COVID will likely last for the rest of their lives.
Researchers explain that initial reports claiming COVID antibodies fade away quickly after an infection did not have all the facts. Their findings reveal that although the number of immune cells making antibodies drops once the patient is healthy, they never totally go away.
There has been a number of varying studies about this. Some suggest that the antibodies aren’t good for fighting beyond only a few months.. other suggest longer. Some are hoping that the Mr. T Cells (we are coining that one) are able to fight a lot longer on the A-Team of the body!
How was the study conducted?
To find out how long coronavirus immunity really lasts, Ellebedy and the team started collecting both blood and bone marrow samples from people who recovered from mild cases of COVID-19. Researchers gathered 77 participants who volunteered to give blood every three months starting a month after their infection. Only six of these patients needed hospitalization during their illness.
Eighteen participants also provided bone marrow samples seven to eight months after their infections. Five returned four months later to provide a second bone marrow sample — nearly one year after contracting COVID-19. For comparison, the team also collected bone marrow from 11 people who never had coronavirus.
What about the vaccines!? As good as the gold standard of a mild actual infection??
The team is now examining if people receiving the COVID-19 vaccine will enjoy the same long-lasting immunity. Currently, the CDC says anyone receiving both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines will have full protection starting two weeks after their second shot. The same goes for people two weeks after receiving the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine…
But … what about the variants.
OH THOSE VARIANTS………