Life after COVID-19: Duration of immunity, fear of reinfecti
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As the global community continues to fight against COVID-19 pandemic, caring for those who have recovered is also equally vital.

While patients recovered from COVID-19 may not be infectious to others, they may still develop medical complications that can have a lasting impact on their health.

The following are some such essential questions those who have made a full recovery often want to know the answers to.

1. How long will the immunity against COVID-19 last?

A study based in the UK in July revealed that COVID-19 immunity does not last more than three to four months, while another published in the journal Immunity in October suggests that the same may last for at least five to seven months.

2. Which health parameters should the patient continue to monitor after recovery?

A study in The BMJ reveals that recovering patients should regularly monitor their temperature, oxygen saturation, blood pressure and get a chest X-ray in case of persistent or progressive respiratory symptoms. They should also monitor their dietary intake, get enough sleep and rest and try to get some physical activity and exercise into their routine without tiring themselves out.

3. Do the recovered patient have to continue taking all precautions?

Reinfections are quite likely since how long immunity against COVID-19 will last cannot be predicted. This means he/she have to continue to take precautions like washing hands frequently with soap and water, wearing a mask and social distancing with just as much care as those who haven’t been infected yet. Staying well away from crowded places is also recommended.

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