Doctor: People recovered from COVID-19 develop different immunities

Sirje Rüütel Boudinot.
Sirje Rüütel Boudinot. Source: ERR

Doctor of molecular immunology Sirje Rüütel-Boudinot says that the people who have contracted the coronavirus develop very different immunities.

Rüütel-Boudinot told ETV show "Ringvaade" that she has been testing 500 people to get the cross-section of the population.

She explained that the test she is used to study the antibodies of COVID-19 and was developed in 2009, during a flu pandemic. The results of the tests will be published in June, when all the subjects have been tested.

Rüütel-Boudinot said that those who have recovered from COVID-19 in a difficult and slow pace have fewer antibodies left.

"I have a theory that if you have recovered from the virus slowly, you have fewer antibodie left. If you have a higher level of antibodies, you recover quite easily and will have experienced typical symptoms such as fever, cough, being sick for 10 days," the doctor said.

Rüütel-Boudinot added that people develop very different immunities. "Some people develop great levels of immunity and probably won´t get infected with the same form of the virus again. When I look at the presence of antibodies, it seems logical that they won´t [be re-infected]."

Of those who have been tested down to the present, about a half, those who had a tough recovery period, haven´t developed any antibodies, she said.

She added that people should get used to COVID-19, since it is not going anywhere.


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