Dr. Joe Kanter says he doesn’t think immunity is playing a big part yet. He added that it’s frustrating but the facts on the ground don’t argue that way
The state’s top health expert says Louisiana is managing its third surge primarily because people are staying home and wearing their masks, not because the state is developing stronger community immunity. Dr. Joe Kanter says he doesn’t think immunity is playing a big part yet. He added that it’s frustrating but the facts on the ground don’t argue that way.
More than 20% of Louisianans have developed Covid-fighting antibodies, either because they’ve been infected or because they’ve been vaccinated. For the first time, more Louisianans have taken a shot than have been infected with the virus. But the 415,000 Louisianans who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 may not be as protected from reinfection as they think. The data is uncertain, but the Centers for Disease Control says a previously infected person’s cells generally start to forget how to fight off the virus about 90 days after recovering from a first infection. That means there are some Louisianans, infected as recently as November, who are not fully-equipped to fight off reinfection.