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Even Mild COVID-19 Illness May Confer Some Immunity

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Even people with minor illness from the coronavirus can develop antibodies that could leave them immunised for several weeks or more, according to an early French study that tested hospital staff with mild infections.

Researchers said the results, which have not yet been peer reviewed, were "encouraging" since little is known about the mechanisms of immunity against the novel coronavirus, especially in people with minor forms of the disease.

"We knew that people with severe forms of the disease developed antibodies within 15 days of the onset of symptoms," said Arnaud Fontanet, head of the global ...