immunity

At 38.5% vaccinated, US may be running low on people eager for a shot

Enlarge / Residents wear protective masks while waiting to be vaccinated at a West Virginia United Health System COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Morgantown, West Virginia, on Thursday, March 11, 2021. Getty | Bloomberg The US logged another 4 million or so vaccinations Friday, bringing the total doses administered in the country over 200 million at …

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Garden-variety germs may explode in COVID’s wake, study suggests

Enlarge / Young children go back to kindergarten following COVID-19 lockdown. Getty | TPG In our cushy COVID bubbles, our immune systems may be getting soft. Physical distancing, lockdowns, masking, and spirited sanitizing all mean we are coming into contact with fewer garden-variety germs than normal. This year’s flu season was basically cancelled. While that …

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Trump advisor reportedly wants to let COVID-19 spread, repeat Sweden’s mistakes

Enlarge / Member of the coronavirus task force Scott Atlas listens to US President Donald Trump during a briefing at the White House August 10, 2020, in Washington, DC. Getty | BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI A new advisor to President Donald Trump is reportedly advocating that the pandemic coronavirus spread largely unrestrained so that the United States …

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Hint of COVID-19 immunity: 3 sailors with antibodies spared in outbreak at sea

Enlarge / Fishing vessels in Seattle. Getty | Art Seitz Hints of protective immunity against the pandemic coronavirus have surfaced in the wake of a recent COVID-19 outbreak that flooded the crew of a fishing vessel. The coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, infected 104 of the 122 people on board, about 85 percent, during a short voyage. But …

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Immunity to COVID-19 may wane just 2-3 months after infection, study suggests

Enlarge / WUHAN, CHINA: The medical detection of antibodies for fresh graduates in Huazhong University of science and technology on June 11. 2020 in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Getty | Stringer Protective immune responses that build up during a SARS-CoV-2 infection may weaken just two to three months later—particularly if the infection didn’t come with …

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