COVID-19 sufferers: How lengthy do antibodies final?

2021-05-11 18:59:29

A holidaymaker on a motorcycle coming back from Sardinia by ferry undergoes a obligatory drive-through swab check on August 23, 2020 on the port of Civitavecchia, northwest of Rome, Italy, throughout the COVID-19 an infection, attributable to the novel coronavirus.
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Rome – Antibodies in opposition to coronavirus remained within the blood of sufferers with COVID-19 for at the very least eight months after they have been contaminated, Italian researchers stated Tuesday.

They have been current “whatever the severity of the sickness, the age of the sufferers or the presence of different pathologies,” in response to a press release from the San Raffaele hospital in Milan.

The researchers, working with Italy’s ISS nationwide well being institute, studied 162 sufferers with symptomatic coronavirus who turned up on the emergency room throughout the nation’s first wave of infections final yr.

Blood samples have been taken in March and April and once more on the finish of November from those that survived. Some 29 sufferers died.

“The presence of neutralising antibodies, whereas decreasing over time, was very persistent – eight months after prognosis, there have been solely three sufferers who not confirmed positivity to the check,” stated the assertion, issued collectively with the ISS.

The examine, revealed within the Nature Communications scientific journal, additionally emphasised the significance of the event of antibodies in recovering from coronavirus.

“Those that failed to provide them inside the first 15 days of an infection are at higher threat of creating extreme types of COVID-19,” it stated.

Two thirds of the sufferers surveyed have been males, and the typical age was 63. Some 57 % of them had a pre-existing pathology, notably hypertension and diabetes.

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