Antibodies to COVID-19 are not considered “indulgence”

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The presence of antibodies to the coronavirus COVID-19 in human blood is not an “indulgence for non-compliance with quarantine measures”. This was stated at a press conference in Moscow by the Minister of the metropolitan government, the head of the city Department of Health Alexey Khripunov.

Since May 15, more than 50 thousand people have been tested for antibodies to COVID-19 in Moscow, he said. Muscovites are individually and selectively invited to polyclinics for blood donation for analysis. Thus, the city authorities intend to find out the degree of formation of immunity to a new coronavirus infection.

People with identified antibodies to the new coronavirus cannot be considered completely safe for others and must observe measures of social distance, emphasizes Alexei Khripun. The likelihood of such a person’s safety for those around him, according to the head of the Moscow Depzdrav, is “very high, but not one hundred percent”.

A person who has had a coronavirus infection should be careful for some time, Khripun noted. To understand and determine in days and weeks how much this period should be, today is quite difficult.

Scientific data do not yet allow us to determine the period after which a person becomes completely safe for others, says the director of the N.F. Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology Gamalei of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Gunzburg.

At the same time, the presence of class M immunoglobulins (IgM) according to the results of the coronavirus test shows that the infected person is at an early stage of interaction with the infectious agent and “the course of his further fate has not yet been conclusively determined from the point of view of interaction with the immune system.”

An infected person may not get sick – he must be quarantined until it becomes clear whether he will get sick or his immune system will cope and he will be asymptomatic.

The immune response does not develop instantly – it is about weeks and months, says Dmitry Fadin, director of strategic development and innovation at Invitro. The COVID-19 virus is young enough, and so far, doctors and scientists have too little data to get answers to all questions.

People with detected antibodies need to follow all precautions, Fadina quotes. Interfax – they just may feel a little more confident than the rest.

In Russia, over the past day, 9434 new patients with the coronavirus COVID-19 were identified. 3966 people have no symptoms. In general, 335,882 Russians were infected with a dangerous infection in the country.

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