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Covid-19 Patients Can Be Re-Infected If Their Antibodies Continue To Decline

Covid-19 Patients Can Be Re-Infected If Their Antibodies Continue To Decline

The DG has also invited former patients to participate in a study to see if the virus affected their organs.

Hakim Hassan

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It’s possible for a patient to be re-infected by Covid-19 if their antibody levels declines three months after they’ve recovered, said Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He also said further studies are needed to figure out whether this is true as well as the long-term and side effects on their organs.

If the antibody declines after three months, there is a possibility the patient can be re-infected. Or we will see if there are other studies on the long-term and side effects on certain organs after recovering.

Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah via Bernama

To determine how long the antibody would last which could prevent Covid-19 from infecting previously infected patients, the DG invited former patients to participate in a medical research conducted by a group of researchers at the Institute of Medical Research (IMR).

He said the research was to find out if the patient’s immune system has declined or improved after they’ve recovered.

Dr Noor said after conducting prior studies on patients in the Sungai Lui cluster, the Ministry identified that their antibody has deteriorated 8 weeks after they were treated for the virus.

We will look at the effectiveness, that is the antibodies response in the patient’s body, whether this antibody will remain or whether the antibodies will deteriorate after treatment.

Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah via Malay Mail

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