Once a person develops immunity against COVID-19, it could last for years, a new study suggests.
The promising research comes on the heels of the news of two vaccines with potentially remarkable effective rates — all of which combine to offer significant hope to beat back the pandemic, experts say.
Scientists at the La Jolla Institute of Immunology in California found in the new study that eight months after the pandemic first surfaced in the country, most of their participant survivors still have plenty of immunity to fight off another bout of the coronavirus — indicating such a slow rate of decline in protection that it could last for years, the New York Times reported Tuesday.
“That amount of [immune] memory would likely prevent the vast majority of people from getting hospitalized disease, severe disease, for many years,” Dr. Shane Crotty, a co-author of the study, told the site.
The research — which was published online, although is yet