Does COVID-19 Infection Provide Immunity?

Originally published at: https://brian.carnell.com/articles/2021/does-covid-19-infection-provide-immunity/

A persistent question related to COVID-19 is to what extent previous COVID-19 infections protect from future infections. It is not uncommon on social media to see people say that since they previously contracted COVID-19, they are immune and see no reason to get vaccinated. The CDC notes that there are still a lot of unknowns about how long such protection lasts, Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again. A recently published study that followed more than 16,000 adult health care workers suggests the “natural immunity” may be fleeting at best. ResultsNine hundred and thirteen (6.12%) participants, including 45 (4.93%) IgG positive participants,…