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Study says even mild illness can boost immunity in coronavirus patients


Komal FatimaWeb Editor

27th May, 2020
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Study says even mild illness can boost immunity in coronavirus patients

A new study says that people having even mild illnesses from coronavirus can create antibodies in the body that could protect them for several weeks against the diseases.

An early French study was conducted in which hospital staff having mild symptoms participated. Researchers say that the outcomes of the studies were “encouraging” since less information was known about the functions of immunity against coronavirus.

Arnaud Fontanet, head of the global health department at the Institut Pasteur, researched with the University Hospital in Strasbourg. Fontanet said, “We knew that people with severe forms of the disease developed antibodies within 15 days of the onset of symptoms,”

“We now know that this is also true for those who develop minor forms, even if the rates of antibodies are probably weaker.”

Over 160 staff members at two hospital sites in Strasbourg participated in the study. These 160 members had tested positive for coronavirus and were showing mild symptoms.

According to details, two forms of serological tests were conducted that aimed to examine a previous infection. Tests showed that 153 out of 160 in one case, 159 out of 160 in the other, had established antibodies within 15 days.

A separate test was conducted to see if the antibodies could neutralize the virus. Results came out that some 98 percent of the participants had these 28 and 41 days after the first indication of infection.

Researchers concluded that the neutralizing action increased over time.

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