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Good news: COVID immunity could last years

According to a recent study of people who contracted COVID by researchers from California’s La Jolla Institute for Immunology, a person’s immunity to the virus may last for years.

The Blaze reports:

The study, which was conducted by a group of researchers primarily based out of La Jolla Institute for Immunology in California, analyzed blood samples from 185 survivors ages 19 to 81 to see if immune cells persisted in the body several months after infection.

What they found was encouraging: Eight months after contracting the virus, most survivors still possessed enough immune cells to fight reinfection. The slow rate of decline specifically among memory B-cells and T-cells hinted that these cells, which help fight disease, may persist in the human body for quite a long time.

“That amount of memory would likely prevent the vast majority of people from getting hospitalized disease, severe disease, for many years,” Shane Crotty, a co-leader of the study, told the New York Times.

READ: New study suggests immunity to coronavirus may last years — even decades — after infection

This was not the first study to report the possibility of long-term immunity. READ: We now have the best evidence yet that everyone develops long-term coronavirus immunity after infection — and it’s not just about antibodies

RELATED: According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Pfizer says it could receive approval for its COVID vaccine in a matter of days and also suggests that its final data reveals its vaccine is now 95% effective. This is similar to other vaccines for shingles and the measles. READ: Pfizer Says Vaccine Is 95% Effective in Final Data, Will Seek Authorization AND Report: Pfizer plans to seek FDA approval for COVID vaccine in ‘days,’ trials find it 95% effective

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