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Prior Covid-19 infection may not provide long-term protection against reinfection, study shows

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Most tests for the new strain of coronavirus involve taking a swab sample for analysis.
Most tests for the new strain of coronavirus involve taking a swab sample for analysis.
Paul Biris

Early results from a UK study suggest that individuals who have previously had Covid-19 are not guaranteed protection against reinfection, particularly with the newer variants circulating.

Researchers from the University of Oxford found that the immune response to Covid-19 following natural infection varied among the study participants – 78 healthcare workers – six months after infection, leaving some of the participants potentially vulnerable to reinfection.

"[The findings imply] that people who have previously been infected with Covid-19 should not assume they are automatically protected against reinfection and highlights the importance of everyone getting their Covid vaccination when they are offered it," researchers of the study said in a news release by the UK Coronavirus Immunology Consortium (UK CIC).

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