“We will have to keep wearing masks for the younger population and those who are not vaccinated.”

By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN   JANUARY 16, 2021 16:05

Israelis are seen walking along the Jaffa Street light rail tracks in Jerusalem amid the ongoing coronavirus lockdown, on January 14, 2021.. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

Israelis are seen walking along the Jaffa Street light rail tracks in Jerusalem amid the ongoing coronavirus lockdown, on January 14, 2021..(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)Advertisementhttps://e38feb0ffc8561537d71e982964e89b4.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.htmlPeople who have previously been infected with coronavirus and who are themselves protected by antibodies could still carry the virus and infect others, according to a study conducted in England.The study, called “SARS-COV-2 Immunity and Reinfection Evaluation” (SIREN) and conducted between June 18 and November 24, also found that while reinfection is possible, it appears to be rare, at least for the first five months after becoming sick.

The study was first published at the end of last week. It was written about in the peer-reviewed journal The BMJ and the science journal Nature, among other publications.Of the participants in the study who had already fallen ill (around 6,600), only 44 (less than 1%) were reinfected with the virus. In other words, immune response from a first infection reduced the risk of contracting the virus again by 83%.Of the roughly 14,000 people who had not been previously infected in the study, 318 tested positive for the virus (2.3%).The researchers do not know how long the protection lasts beyond the time frame of the study.Moreover, those who were reinfected did not usually suffer from serious illness. Only about 30% of the people with possible reinfection reported any symptoms, compared to 78% of those who contracted the virus for the first time.

My remark: the BMJ is in my opinion one of the most honest big medical journals