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COVID-19 survivors may get re-infected, WHO warns

COVID-19 survivors may get re-infected, WHO warns

World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that there is no verifiable evidence that those who have recovered from COVID-19 are immune to re-infection.

There have been unconfirmed beliefs that surviving from the deadly virus leaves one with sufficient immunity against future re-infection but WHO in a news conference in Geneva has now warned that such assertion is yet to be backed by any scientific evidence.

Dr Maria van Kerkhove, a WHO infectious disease epidemiologist, who made this revelation  said that there are a lot of countries that are suggesting using rapid diagnostic serological tests to be able to capture what they think will be a measure of immunity.

She however emphasised that at the moment, there is “no evidence that the use of a serological test can show that an individual has immunity or is protected from reinfection.”

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“These antibody tests will be able to measure that level of seroprevalence – that level of antibodies – but that does not mean that somebody with antibodies means that they are immune,” she stated.


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