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Coronavirus antibodies can make you immune for at least 5 months, says study

A new study published in the journal Science has found that coronavirus antibodies may make you immune for at least 5 months. Read on to know more.

A new study published in the journal Science has found that coronavirus antibodies may make you immune for at least 5 months. Read on to know more.

Written by Arushi Bidhuri |Published : October 30, 2020 12:45 PM IST

Despite the efforts of healthcare officials and the government to combat coronavirus, there seems no stopping in its surge. Fighting Covid-19 has become longer than anyone had ever expected. So, when patients who have recovered walk out of a healthcare centre, they expect to overcome the disease completely. However, recent alleged cases of reinfection raised concerns that the human immune system may not be able to provide self-protection against the disease for long. Moreover, some studies suggested that the infection may lead to depletion of antibodies in the system.

However, a new study published in the journal Science has reported that this antibody response correlates with the body's ability to neutralize (kill) SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, reported IANS. According to the study, patients who were mildly or moderately ill mount a robust antibody response that is relatively stable for at least 5 months.

Study author Florian Krammer from Mount Sinai Hospital in the US told IANS, "We have found just the opposite that more than 90 per cent of people who were mildly or moderately ill produce antibody response strong enough to neutralize the virus, and the response is maintained for many months."

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"Uncovering the robustness of the antibody response to SARS-CoV-2, including its longevity and neutralizing effects, is critically important. This is essential for effective vaccine development," Krammer added.

The study included the dataset of 30,082 individuals, who were screened within the Mount Sinai Health System between March and October 2020.

Another study conducted by the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tuscan found evidence about the long-lasting immunity of people who have Covid-19. The study included nearly 6,000 individuals. It was found that there was a presence of antibodies even after 5 months. In other words, immunity may remain stable for at least 5 months. While the antibodies may make you immune for 5 months, here is what you can do to boost immunity naturally.

Ways to boost your immune system to fight against coronavirus

  • Follow the necessary precautions such as social distancing, wearing a mask, washing hands frequently, and avoid touching the face without washing your hands.
  • Eat a healthy diet low in carbs, high in protein and essential vitamins like vitamin A, C, D and E. Consume more foods rich in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.
  • Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep for production of cytokines, a type of protein released by the immune system. Certain cytokines need to increase to keep infections at bay. Sleep deprivation can decrease the production of cytokines.
  • Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water every day to fight coronavirus to flush out the toxins from the body. You can also include fruit juices and coconut water to keep yourself hydrated.
  • Another great way to flush out the toxins is by doing some sort of physical exercise. You can do home workout exercises if you are working from home. Rope skipping, jogging on the spot, planks and lunges are some of the good options you can include in your workout regimen.
  • Avoid smoking and drinking too much alcohol as they can weaken the respiratory system. Alcohol reduces your immunity and makes you prone to infections.

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