But how long is that going to last?
Millions of people in the United States have recovered completely from COVID, but their natural immunity may be fading in the coming months.
“Six months, according to some research. According to some research, it takes eight months. Some people suggest a year. So if you look at December and fast forward six months, that’s when we might start noticing declining natural immunity,” said Dr. David Hicks, deputy health officer for Jefferson County.
Researchers originally predicted that natural immunity following COVID-19 would last two to three months, but new study suggests that it might last up to eight months. But, unless you get vaccinated to offer immunity, you may be susceptible to contracting COVID-19 again once the time limit has passed, according to Dr. Hicks.
COVID-19 cases are at an all-time low. This, according to Hicks, is due to a combination of natural and vaccine-induced immunity.
“Natural immunity will decrease and fade with time, and if you didn’t get vaccinated, things may flare up again. This isn’t a scare tactic, so don’t be alarmed. “I’m just telling you the science behind it,” Hicks explained.
If you had COVID-19 a while ago and haven’t gotten vaccinated yet, Hicks says you shouldn’t be on the fence about getting vaccinated.
“I don’t want you to take a chance. That is why I recommend getting the immunization. This strengthens your immune system, allowing you to stay protected for longer,” Hicks explained.
Those who have been vaccinated, according to Dr. Hicks, will begin to hear more about booster shots at some time. In the United States, a trial is currently underway to assess the effects of mix and match booster shots.
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