A THV11 VERIFY viewer asked, “Is there any evidence to verify the average immunity level and duration of immunity of people who have had COVID?”
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – According to experts, one of the most damaging aspects of this pandemic has been the speed with which misinformation has spread about the virus and the vaccine.
Several viewers reached out to our audit team to find out what is true and what is not about a person’s level of immunity after contracting COVID-19.
A THV11 VERIFY viewer asked: “Is there any evidence to verify the average immunity level and duration of immunity of people who have had COVID?”
The National Institutes of Health and the Arkansas Department of Health have said that once people recover from a virus, the immune system remembers it.
To better understand the immune memory of SARS-CoV-2, researchers at the Institute of Immunology analyzed the immune cells and antibodies of nearly 200 people who had been exposed to SARS-CoV-2 and recovered.
And according to the National Institutes of Health, the immune systems of more than 95% of those studied had memories of the virus for up to eight months after infection.
The Arkansas Department of Health said one way to measure immunity is to perform antibody tests.
However, ADH said, “it is not yet clear what level of antibodies a person needs to be immune to COVID-19.”
Studies are underway to compare those who have recovered from COVID and those who are fully immune, but like many things with this virus, we are still learning.
We can verify that yes, there is some evidence showing some immunity for up to eight months after infection, but not enough research has been done at this point to determine what level of antibodies you need to be immune to.
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