Covid Reinfection: If you think to have gained all the immunity against COVID-19 after getting infected with it once, then you are wrong. As per the studies and the cases pouring in hospitals, you may still be reinfected within 4 months after getting infected with it.
Please note that the average infection rate tends to jump high up to 5% within a span of 4 months after getting infected. If you are still not vaccinated, the above risk may swell up to 50% in a span of 17 months.
Considering your natural immunity against the coronavirus, it tends to last for less than half just like in the cases of common-cold coronaviruses.
The above findings and predictions are based on the genetic relationships between SARS-CoV-2 and some other strains of coronaviruses.
Jeffrey Townsend, a bioinformatician at the Yale School of Public Health in New Haven, Connecticut quoted, “Immunity is relatively short-lived. You should still get vaccinated even if you got infected,” he said.
As more data is coming in after research and studies, people are being advised to get vaccinated against coronavirus as soon as possible to build immunity.
The team of experts that carried out the above tests simply wanted to estimate the durability of SARS-CoV-2. They also wanted to analyze how antibody levels from a previous infected person affect the risk of Covid reinfection.
And so, they combined genetic data from SARS-CoV-2, three endemic coronaviruses that cause the common cold. After that they closely related the study to find coronaviruses SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV to build a viral family tree.
Using the above technique in their study, the team came to know how viral traits might have evolved over the time. Their finding simply suggests that COVID-19 is likely to transition from a pandemic disease to endemic. The above findings were done under the supervision of Townsend.
In spite of the above, people vary in the severity of getting reinfected. The study concludes by saying if the person gets reinfected, the course of the disease might go longer.
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