Earlier this month, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the White House Coronavirus Task Force is considering issuing certificates of immunity to Americans who have contracted and recovered from the Wuhan coronavirus.
The World Health Organization on Friday suggested countries refrain from issuing these "passports." Even though someone may have had the Wuhan coronavirus, recovered and have anti-bodies, they may not be immune from reinfection.
The development of immunity to a pathogen through natural infection is a multi-step process that typically takes place over 1-2 weeks.— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) April 25, 2020
This process is often measured by the presence of antibodies in blood.https://t.co/8mWyjBILIS#COVID19 #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/PE8ylyuYX4
WHO continues to review the evidence on antibody responses to the #COVID19 #coronavirus infection.— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) April 25, 2020
Most of these studies show that people who have recovered from infection have antibodies to the virus. However, some of these ppl have very low levels of antibodies in their blood pic.twitter.com/4o3Ei0n6C5
WHO is working with researchers across the globe to better understand the human body's response to infection from #COVID19 and if the antibody response provides protection from subsequent infections and if so, for how long.https://t.co/8mWyjBILIS#coronavirus pic.twitter.com/jSKWM9JXDd— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) April 25, 2020
At this point in the #COVID19 pandemic, there is not enough evidence about the effectiveness of antibody-mediated immunity to guarantee the accuracy of an “immunity passport” or “risk-free certificate.” https://t.co/8mWyjBILIS#coronavirus pic.twitter.com/V4QsjCch2r— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) April 25, 2020
We acknowledge the anxiety surrounding the unknowns for those who have recovered from #COVID19.— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) April 25, 2020
WHO and partners continue to review the evidence on antibody responses to the infection.
As new evidence becomes available, we will provide updates on this matter.#coronavirus pic.twitter.com/83EIMkf5wK
The WHO also said that anti-body testing may be "inaccurate" and need "further validation. According to the organization, the tests should be used to determine the number of people who came down with the Wuhan coronavirus, not necessarily if a person is immune from the virus:
Inaccurate immunodiagnostic tests may falsely categorize people in two ways. The first is that they may falsely label people who have been infected as negative, and the second is that people who have not been infected are falsely labelled as positive. Both errors have serious consequences and will affect control efforts. These tests also need to accurately distinguish between past infections from SARS-CoV-2 and those caused by the known set of six human coronaviruses. Four of these viruses cause the common cold and circulate widely. The remaining two are the viruses that cause Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. People infected by any one of these viruses may produce antibodies that cross-react with antibodies produced in response to infection with SARS-CoV-2.
Many countries are now testing for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies at the population level or in specific groups, such as health workers, close contacts of known cases, or within households. WHO supports these studies, as they are critical for understanding the extent of – and risk factors associated with – infection. These studies will provide data on the percentage of people with detectable COVID-19 antibodies, but most are not designed to determine whether those people are immune to secondary infections.
It looks like the WHO might actually have something right about this virus, which would be a first. People in South Korea who previously had the Wuhan coronavirus are now retesting positive for the infection. The same thing is happening in China.
Remember: China lied about the Wuhan coronavirus back in December. The WHO failed to act when Tawain warned about this virus. Instead, the organization turned their back and parroted the regime's talking points by saying the virus was not transmitted from person-to-person.
While we should be taking everything the WHO says with a grain of salt, it's looking as though people can catch the Wuhan coronavirus multiple times... and doctors have no idea why.
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