FILE PHOTO: An emblem is pictured at the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) forward of a gathering of the Emergency Committee at the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Geneva, Switzerland, January 30, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo
GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) stated on Saturday that there used to be lately “no evidence” that individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 and feature antibodies are secure from a 2d coronavirus an infection.
In a systematic transient, the United Nations company warned governments towards issuing “immunity passports” or “risk-free certificate” to those that were inflamed as their accuracy may just now not be assured.
The observe may just in truth build up the hazards of persisted unfold as individuals who have recovered might forget about recommendation about taking usual precautions towards the virus, it stated.
“Some governments have steered that the detection of antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that reasons COVID-19, may just function the root for an ‘immunity passport’ or ‘risk-free certificates’ that would allow folks to trip or to go back to paintings assuming that they’re secure towards re-infection,” the WHO stated.
“There is lately no evidence that individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 and feature antibodies are secure from a 2d an infection,” it stated.
Chile stated final week it might start handing out “well being passports” to other people deemed to have recovered from the sickness. Once screened to decide if they’ve advanced antibodies to cause them to resistant to the virus, they might right away rejoin the body of workers.
The WHO stated it persisted to check the evidence on antibody responses to the virus, which emerged within the central Chinese town of Wuhan overdue final 12 months. Some 2.eight million other people were reported to be inflamed by way of the unconventional coronavirus globally and 196,298 have died, in keeping with a Reuters tally.
Most research have proven that individuals who have recovered from an infection have antibodies to the virus, the WHO stated. However, a few of them have very low ranges of neutralizing antibodies of their blood, “suggesting that cell immunity may additionally be crucial for restoration”, it added.
Reporting by way of Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by way of Louise Heavens and Helen Popper