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COVID-19 REINFECTIONS ON THE RISE: Officials from the World Health Organization hold a press conference on the latest developments in the COVID-19 pandemic. While speaking to the press on Friday, WHO officials discussed the growing data of reinfections, meaning people who have been infected with coronavirus, recovered, and then infected again. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the U.S. says that these reinfections are common among viruses, but what researchers and scientists are trying to determine is how frequently a reinfection occurs and what circumstances, if any, increase those chances. Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, the head of the WHO’s emerging diseases unit, says that roughly 90-100% of people who do contract COVID-19 ‘do develop an antibody response,’ but factors surrounding how long it lasts are unknown. ‘In some people, it may wane after a few months, but we do get a good indication that natural infection immune response is lasting for some months,’ Van Kerkhove said.‘We’re about a year into this pandemic, and so we still have a lot to learn.’
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