Coronavirus Immunity Can Stay Up To 6 Months, Says Sweden Researchers


According to a top health authority of Sweden, people who develop immunity against the novel coronavirus are likely to be safe for only six months after being infected.

In guidance that was published by the Sweden Public Health Agency, they claimed it to be safe for people who have recovered successfully from the novel coronavirus. They said,


“We don’t see cases of people falling ill twice from COVID-19. Hence, our assessment is that if you do get COVID-19 you are immune, even if you don’t develop antibodies.”

However, the agency claimed that people can still be carriers of the virus and therefore it advised them to maintain social distance and other hygienic guidelines. Scientists all over the world are closely monitoring the antibodies developed by the immune system from the novel coronavirus and how lasting it is.

A recent study from King’s College London shows that the level of antibodies may drop to a degree that it makes them undetectable as early as three months after the infections. However, it said that the body other forms of immune response that can tackle the infection. The researchers from Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet says that,

“The risk of being reinfected and of transmitting the disease to other people is probably very close to zero. Therefore, we think that you can meet other people, even if they are in a high-risk group.”

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CDC Says 3 Months

The United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention maintains that people who have successfully recovered from COVID-19 should continue to be in quarantine because they can contract the virus from others after 3 months of recovery. According to Tegnell, Sweden has achieved a fairly high rate of immunity and believes that it would protect the country from future outbreaks. He said,


“The upshot is that the epidemic is now slowing down very drastically, in a way that I think few of us would have thought a few weeks ago. I am very happy about that. It makes it easier for health care services, and we have fewer facilities.”


Source: Livemint