Covid Research Results May Help Reduce the Risk of Contracting the Virus
The recent findings published in the Nature journal are troubling, particularly since the virus has a long incubation period and can affect nearly every organ system in the body. Vaccination is a good first step in tackling COVID, but it is not a cure for the disease. However, researchers hope that this study will help to improve the development of vaccinations and reduce the risk of the virus in the future.
Researchers at the University of Haifa in Israel have found that younger people have a lower risk of contracting the Covid virus than adults. However, the difference between the two age groups may not be completely clear, as older individuals are more likely to spread the disease. The researchers created mathematical models of infection transmission and fit them to data from Covid testing in the city of Bnei Brak in Israel.
The study also collected blood samples from participants and information about their symptoms. The majority of participants voluntarily agreed to return the samples once a month. The researchers recruited 20,000 people – including children and grandchildren over 18 years old – to participate. They found that 99% of participants had antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 virus at least three months after the study began. Eighty percent remained positive for up to six months. The results suggest that these antibodies may protect against future infection.
Awareness of inequalities is an important first step in policy reform. The research results also highlight the need for better access to healthcare and testing for COVID. This is especially important for South Asian and black communities, who are most at risk for COVID-related death.