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A closer look at T cells reveals big differences in mild vs. severe COVID-19 cases

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LA JOLLA, CA—A big question on people’s minds these days: how long does immunity to SARS-CoV-2 last following infection?

Now a research team from La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI), The University of Liverpool and the University of Southampton has uncovered an interesting clue. Their new study suggests that people with severe COVID-19 cases may be left with more of the protective “memory” T cells needed to fight reinfection.

“The data from this study suggest people with severe COVID-19 cases may have stronger long-term immunity,” says study co-leader LJI Professor Pandurangan Vijayanand, M.D., Ph.D.

The research, published Jan. 21 in Science Immunology, is the first to describe the T cells that fight SARS-CoV-2 in “high resolution” detail.

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