Coronavirus infection results in immunity comparable to a COVID-19 vaccine

Coronavirus infection results in immunity comparable to a COVID-19 vaccine
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A SARS-CoV-2 virus particle isolated from a patient. (National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases)

One of the lingering questions of the COVID-19 pandemic is how much immunity people have after recovering from coronavirus infection. New research suggests that the level of protection is the same comparable to a vaccine – At least for a few months.

Among a group of hundreds of thousands of Americans who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 infection, the risk of developing subsequent infection more than three months later was about 90% lower than that of people who were not previously infected and therefore infected had no immunity to the virus, according to researchers at the National Cancer Institute.

For comparison, if the vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna …



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