Coronavirus latest news: Previous infection does not protect young people from Covid reinfection
One in 10 patients faces at least year’s wait for hospital care Locking down streets could help stop new variants ‘Urgent’ concerns about accuracy of quick Covid tests Testing costs put holidays to popular destinations out of reach Subscribe to The Telegraph for a month-long free trial Previous coronavirus infection does not fully protect young people against reinfection, research suggests. Researchers said that despite previous infection and the presence of antibodies, vaccination is still necessary to boost immune responses, prevent reinfection and reduce transmission. They added that young people should take up the vaccine whenever possible. Although the study was in young, fit, mostly male recruits, the researchers believe the risk of reinfection will apply to many young people. Professor Stuart Sealfon, of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, and senior author of the study, said: “As vaccine rollouts continue to gain momentum it is important to remember that, despite a prior Covid-19 infection, young people can catch the virus again and may still transmit it to others. “Immunity is not guaranteed by past infection, and vaccinations that provide additional protection are still needed for those who have had Covid-19.” Follow the latest updates below.