WHO Says COVID-19 Immune Response too Weak to Prevent Reinfection

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  • Officials at the World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday that recent data have shown that people who have been infected with COVID-19 and recovered could be reinfected
  • The WHO's emergency expert Dr. Mike Ryan said a recent study reveals that immune response to COVID-19 may not yield lifelong protection
  • Maria Van Kerkhove, head of the WHO's emerging diseases and zoonosis unit, said ongoing research indicates an immune response may last for about six months
  • However, officals are trying to determine how often and how likely reinfection can occur
  • Corroborating this, researchers at Oxford University found that people who have contracted the infection are highly unlikely to contract the disease again for at least six months