Unvaccinated people may get coronavirus every 16 months


Elaf from Beirut: A recent study found that infection with the emerging coronavirus may not guarantee lifelong immunity to unvaccinated people, and that the virus may return within a few months.

In the study published by The Lancet, researchers at Yale University and the University of North Carolina concluded that people who are not vaccinated against the virus should expect to contract corona every 16 to 17 months.

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And because the Corona virus is still considered a new virus and studies about it are in their infancy, the question always arises about the duration of immunity provided by a previous infection against it, but similar viruses provide the answer, according to the study.

The researchers, led by Jeffrey Townsend, professor of biostatistics at Yale University, examined re-infection in unvaccinated people, to conclude that recovering from the virus does not provide lifelong protection against the virus.

The study examined post-infection data from six viruses similar to the current corona dating back to 1948.

Using this data, the researchers were able to estimate the re-infection time for unvaccinated people, which is about 16 months on average.

“Re-infection can occur rapidly in three months or less,” Townsend said in a press release issued by the university. Therefore, those infected should be vaccinated, because a previous infection can provide very little protection in the long term against subsequent infections.”

The importance of urgent measures

The study confirmed that some people may be infected with the virus again in months, while it may take years for others.

The study’s supervisors conclude that the results may be of value to public health decision makers, stressing that urgent measures will be decisive against reducing virus deaths.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 57.2% of the US population has been fully vaccinated and 66.2% of the population has received at least one dose of the vaccine.

It is noteworthy that the Corona virus has caused the death of at least 4,926,579 people in the world since the World Health Organization office in China reported the emergence of the disease at the end of December 2019.


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