Coronavirus: Is reinfection a possibility?

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Most major nations around the world have gone under lockdown - halting all professions that cannot be run remotely. But, now that patients have recovered there’s a push for them to start working; should they, though?

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Antibodies

The working theory is that people who have recovered from coronavirus will have formed the necessary antibodies to deal with further attacks and hence can resume normal life.

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The antibody logic could be valid for most pathogens, but for a virus the equation changes because of viruses’ ability to mutate, meaning no attack on the immune system is the same.

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In the case of the coronavirus, the mutation rate has been found to be quite high, meaning that one set of antibodies will not protect a recovering immune system.

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All these factors mean that the rate of reinfection is quite high, especially in cases where the patient is just recovering and their immune system is in a precarious state.

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