December 23, 2020 1:20:29 pm
Even although there’s a lot that we already know in regards to the coronavirus, there are nonetheless some issues that must be understood. Around the world, there are various misconceptions in regards to the virus, with probably the most outstanding one being that when an individual has been contaminated, there are much less probabilities of them getting reinfected due to the presence of antibodies. But, we have now learn within the information about folks getting contaminated once more, and Dr Anita Mathew, Infectious Disease Specialist at Fortis Hospital, Mulund, says that a lot analysis is required to know how lengthy the antibodies developed after a latest COVID19 an infection will defend an individual, if in any respect – and if the antibodies are even sturdy sufficient to struggle reinfection.
It has been famous that if SARS-CoV-2 (virus that causes COVID-19) follows the footsteps of different pre-existing coronaviruses, reinfection shall be widespread — and won’t stay to be a one-off case research, she says.
“Researchers continue to state that the life and strength of antibodies needs to be studied deeply; this would require conducting large studies with a wider range of people who have recently recovered from COVID-19. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is studying the reinfection episodes among those who have been treated. While more data-driven facts are awaited, it needs to be understood we cannot take antibodies for granted; they do not make for an ‘immunity passport’ as the World Health Organization (WHO) aptly put it,” the physician explains.
She says whereas it has been established there isn’t any fact-based understanding in regards to the capacity of our antibodies in preventing reinfection, you will need to focus on the subsequent part of beating the virus — vaccination.
“There’s a need to take a closer look at how the vaccine deployment programme will progress, how soon each of us will get the jab, and why it is important to get vaccinated.”
* The rollout: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), India, lately launched detailed pointers about mass vaccination that may begin as soon as a regulatory board permitted vaccine will get the authorization.
* The precedence: While this vaccine could also be made out there for emergency use, the part 1 rollout is aimed toward healthcare employees, frontline employees, folks over 50 years, and people below 50 years with comorbidities.
Why get vaccinated?
Dr Mathew says getting a COVID-19 vaccine might forestall you from getting significantly unwell even when you do get contaminated, and it’ll defend folks round you, significantly these at excessive danger.
While we look ahead to the regulator-approved vaccines, let’s proceed to safeguard ourselves and our family members — it could be a couple of months earlier than you get the jab when you don’t fall below the aforesaid class. Stay protected, optimistic, and when you’ve been contaminated earlier than, don’t take antibodies without any consideration!” the physician concludes.
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