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Data from recent studies suggest that those recovering from COVID-19 may have antibodies only for a few months, thus indicating that it is hard to attain long-term immunity. However, some scientists state that it is too soon to ascertain if such individuals can catch the infection again.
Vineeta Bal, an immunologist at the Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research in Pune, said that it was too early to say if people with decreased levels of the novel coronavirus-blocking antibody (nAbs) following recovery are at risk of contracting COVID-19 on being re-exposed to the virus. It might take a year to aggregate sufficient data to confirm the facts. While antibody levels may come down in recovered individuals, other immune system players may continue to provide longer lasting immunity… (HT - PTI, July 17, 2020)