According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated guidance, a person who has recovered from COVID-19 is safe from re-infection for three months.
This information marks the first acknowledgment of a definite immunity time for those who have recovered from COVID-19 infection.
Previous research has shown that antibodies from recovering patients fade away over the course of several months, but federal scientists have not previously said what that means for immunity.
The CDC previously recommended that someone who had recovered from COVID-19 infection did not need to be re-tested for three months as long as the person had no symptoms, but made it clear that there was any correlation with the likelihood of Immunity is still unknown.
The CDC has not released an official statement on the findings; instead, the information was included as part of the broader quarantine guide last updated earlier this month.
According to the agency, people in close contact with people infected with COVID-19 need to be isolated for 14 days, except for those who have been infected with COVID-19 in the past 3 months.
“People who test positive for COVID-19 do not need to be isolated or re-tested for up to 3 months as long as they don’t develop symptoms again. People reappear symptoms within. 3 months of COVID-19 first use The CDC indicated that re-testing may be needed if no other cause was identified for their symptoms.
A CDC spokesperson clarified that while it is unlikely that someone will be re-infected or infect others within a three-month period, “it is important that these people continue to keep social distance. masks and good hand hygiene practices until scientists learn more about the long-term immunity against COVID. “