Study: Coronavirus immunity can last up to 8 months

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A newly released study conducted in California found that those who recovered from the coronavirus (COVID-19) could have an immunity that lasts up to eight months.The study, conducted at the La Jolla Institute of Immunology, in California, and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in Manhattan, analyzed the immunology response by collecting blood samples of 185 individuals who all contracted COVID-19 and recovered. The patients varied in age from 19 to 81 years old.“The majority of subjects had a mild case of COVID-19, not requiring hospitalization; 92% of subjects were never hospitalized for COVID-19; 7% of subjects were hospitalized, some of whom required intensive care unit (ICU) care,” the authors of the study said.More than five months after their COVID-19 diagnosis “96% of individuals were still positive for at least three out of five SARS-CoV-2 immune memory responses,” the study said.The study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, took into consideration various immune facets, including B cells, antibodies and T cells.T cells are considered fundamental to define the durability of the immune response after a coronavirus diagnosis as, “T cell memory might reach a more stable plateau, or slower decay phase, later than the first …

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