Readers with science backgrounds: Is it safe to assume from this news that people who’ve already contracted COVID-19 will be strongly immune to it going forward?
I ask because the story discusses the immunity we should expect from a potential vaccine, not the immunity one might gain from getting sick and then recovering. But it seems logical to me that it would work the same way, since in both cases your immune system is being triggered to flood your body with antibodies.
It’s an important question because a lot lot lot lot lot of people are going to get this disease before a vaccine is available next year. If the virus isn’t splitting off into new strains by mutating much, and if the immunity acquired by infection is durable, then many millions will be able to reenter the work force promptly after recovery with confidence that it’s “one and done” when it comes to getting sick with this thing. Either it’ll kill you or you’ll never have to worry about it again. In fact, as the CDC develops serological tests to show who’s had the disease — maybe without even knowing it — and who hasn’t, presumably the assurance of immunity could send lots of people back into the labor force even in cities where outbreaks are ongoing.