Scientists still don't know if being infected by coronavirus means immunity, health expert says


Alex Brandon/AP
Alex Brandon/AP
It is still unknown whether being infected with the coronavirus and recovering will give you immunity from the virus in the future, Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, said on CBS today.
"That's why these studies that are going on with plasma and giving plasma to sick patients to really see if that antibody confers protective immunity and help to the individual who is sick, as well as really doing studies with vaccines and looking, seeing whether the antibodies that are produced are effective," Birx said.
When asked whether the US could see a resurgence in cases, like in South Korea, and if that was a result of those being infected not building immunity, Birx said “those are questions we still have scientifically.” 
Aside from HIV, people who contract most infectious diseases and recover develop antibodies, which often means people are immune.
But “we just don’t know if it’s immunity for a month, immunity for six months, immunity for six years,” Birx said. 

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