FAST FIVE: "This Gives Some Hope" – Japanese Study Finds 98% Of COVID Patients Still Have Antibodies 6 Months Later
“This Gives Some Hope” – Japanese Study Finds 98% Of COVID Patients Still Have Antibodies 6 Months Later Tyler Durden Wed, 12/02/2020 – 21:40 In another example of how COVID-19 research has painted a complex, and sometimes conflicting, picture of the virus and the ability of the human immune system to fight it off, a team of researchers at Japan's Yokohama City University published research showing that antibodies in COVID-19 patients persist for six months or more, even amid a preponderance of reports warning about the risk of reinfection for many particularly vulnerable patients.
A Japanese research team said Wednesday that it has detected neutralizing antibodies in 98% of people six months after they were infected with SARS-CoV-2.
Another study performed in the UK found that antibodies found evidence that antibody levels start to degrade within six months.
The samples were collected six months after the patients were infected.
According to a report on the study published by Nippon, Yamanaka said that “in general, people with neutralizing antibodies are believed to carry a low risk of reinfection…This gives some hope” for the effectiveness of the vaccines that are soon to be delivered to the public.