Virologist, head of the International Scientific and Educational Center for Biological Safety of the Far Eastern Federal University, director of the Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology named after G.P. Somova, Professor Mikhail Shchelkanov named the number of possible re-infections with COVID-19. In his opinion, if you do not follow safety measures, then you can get sick with coronavirus an unlimited number of times, reports URA.RU.
Shchelkanov said that the number of re-infections with coronavirus depends on the lifestyle of the person himself. “If you continue to participate in massive noisy parties, do not observe social distance, do not wear masks, the virus will sooner or later get in,” he stressed. According to the virologist, the presence of antibodies after an illness or being vaccinated does not protect against re-infection, since this is “not a gas mask or a chemical protection suit.”
According to epidemiologist Eduard Shunkov, COVID-19 can become a kind of analogue of influenza: the cycle of infections will continue until the immune system builds up full protection. The physician recalled that the coronavirus belongs to the group of acute respiratory viral infections. Such diseases are characterized by seasonality, and immunity to them is short-lived.
“For example, it is a year for influenza, so we are vaccinated once a year, before the start of the epidemic season, but the family of coronaviruses always circulates in the environment,” Shunkov explained. The doctor added that if vaccination provides a high titer of antibodies, then it will be enough for a long time, during which the patient does not get sick with COVID-19.