According to a study published this week, most people infected with COVID-19 still have antibodies against the virus after 10 months. Two other studies published on Monday studied those who had been exposed to the virus a year earlier and found that the cells retain a memory of the coronavirus that only strengthens over time.
National Institutes of Health director Anthony Fausi, hearing an appropriation on Wednesday, said that people who have been vaccinated will probably need to take booster shots to maintain their immunity, but when that shot may occur is not clear.
A year or two ago it was almost impossible to get a COVID test. Now they are everywhere, and no one is using them. But experts say testing will remain an important tool for tracking viruses. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation poll released this month, about 1 in 5 Americans said they would definitely not get vaccinated or get a shot if needed. Some Americans with compromised immune systems or other health conditions who are vaccinated may not be completely safe. And even in rare cases immunized people can get sick from breakthrough infections. Read more here.
“Testing is necessary,” said epidemiologist Jennifer Nuzzo, head of the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. “This is the foundation of our surveillance for this virus. This is how we understand that the situation is getting better or worse.”
Numerous studies show that depression has increased in college-age young adults and increased antidepressant drug refills. As these students graduate and join the workforce, they do so without the free or cheap mental health care available at the college, which is concerned economists. Health care professionals are therefore not calling on universities to expand, trim on-campus counseling resources for students and staff when they personally restore instruction in a few months.