Individuals infected with coronavirus are unlikely to catch the illness again for at least six months, researchers at the University of Oxford said on Friday, reports AFP.
The finding comes as part of a large-scale study into Covid-19 reinfection after observations from healthcare professionals that the phenomenon was relatively rare. Oxford University Professor David Eyre, one of the authors of the study, called the findings “really good news”.“We can be confident that, at least in the short term, most people who get Covid-19 won’t get it again,” he said.
The authors highlighted they had not yet gathered enough data to make a judgement on reinfection after six months. However, the ongoing study has an end goal of verifying how long protection from reinfection lasts in total.
The director of infection prevention and control at study partners Oxford University Hospitals (OUH), Katie Jeffery, called the finding “exciting”.
It indicated “that infection with the virus provides at least short-term protection from re-infection”, she added.
The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomed the study saying the findings extended its understanding of coronavirus protection.