NEW DELHI: One could get reinfected with the coronavirus if the antibodies in opposition to the an infection diminish within the physique in 5 months’ time after restoration, a prime ICMR official mentioned on Tuesday, urging individuals to proceed carrying face masks and observe COVID-appropriate behaviour.
“We’re wanting on the information as to how many individuals bought contaminated, then turned detrimental after which examined optimistic once more. Sometimes, we all know that antibodies persist for about three to 5 months.”
“The CDC has mentioned you name it a reinfection if an individual will get reinfected after 90 days. We’re wanting on the information accordingly, as quickly as we have now it, we’ll current it to you,” ICMR Director Normal Balaram Bhargava mentioned in response to a query at a press convention.
Elaborating additional, he mentioned some research have prompt that antibodies final for 3 months whereas some others mentioned they might final within the physique for as much as 5 months additionally.
It’s a new illness and data relating to that is restricted as of now, Bhargava mentioned, including that if antibodies lower within the physique of an individual inside 5 months of restoration, there’s a risk of reinfection with COVID-19.
“That’s the reason following COVID-appropriate behaviour like carrying masks and sustaining social distancing must be continued even after restoration,” he mentioned.
In a press briefing final week, Bhargava had mentioned the Indian Council of Medical Analysis (ICMR) has selected a 100-day cut-off for re-infection if it happens as antibodies are additionally assumed to have a lifetime of 4 months, in keeping with some research.