Covid reinfection ‘highly unlikely’ for at least six months, Oxford study says

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Residents undergo a free rapid antigen nasopharyngeal swab test for Covid-19 at a testing facility set up in a school sports hall, on November 20, 2020 in Bolzano, South Tyrol, Northern Italy.PIERRE TEYSSOT | AFP | Getty ImagesLONDON — People who have contracted the coronavirus are “highly unlikely” to contract the disease again for at least six months, according to a new Oxford study.Researchers say the findings are “exciting” because they represent an important step in understanding how Covid-19 immunity may work.The study, published Friday, claims to be the first large-scale research into how much protection people get against reinfection after contracting the coronavirus. It was part of a major collaboration between the University of Oxford and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust but has not yet been peer reviewed.It comes after a string of encouraging vaccine results over the past couple of weeks following late-stage trial readouts from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, as well as positive phase two results from AstraZeneca-Oxford.There is growing optimism that a Covid vaccine could help bring an end to the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed over 1.3 million lives worldwide.Public health officials and experts have warned it could take months, maybe even more than a …

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