Weekly Prayer #2: For Long-Lasting Immunity for Those Who Have Had COVID-19
A study conducted in northern Italy, an area that was hard hit by COVID-19 in the early months of the pandemic, indicates that those who contracted COVID-19 may have long-lasting immunity. A team led by Nicola Mumoli at Fornaroli Hospital in Magenta, Italy conducted their investigation based on the health records of over 15,000 people. The study was very recently published in the Journal of American Medical Association. "Natural immunity to SARS-CoV-2 appears to confer a protective effect for at least a year, which is similar to the protection reported in recent vaccine studies," Mumoli stated. Of the 15,000 people, nearly 13,000 had tested negative for COVID-19 on their initials, while 1,579 had tested positive. Over the next year, 3.9% of those who had never tested positive acquired a COVID-19 infection. By contrast, however, only 0.31%—five people—who had been infected previously contracted COVID again. Four of these five people either worked in or visited hospitals, suggesting a higher exposure to the virus. Only one in five reinfected patients was sick enough to required hospitalization. In addition, these few reinfections occurred after considerable time had passed. The average time between initial infection and reinfection was 230 days. Mumoli and his team still recommend vaccination for those who have contracted the virus in order to protect against new variants of COVID-19.
Continue to pray for the descent of the COVID-19 virus, here and around the world. Pray for God's mercy and protection.
Ps. 119:114: "Thou art my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Thy word."