Long-term Immunity for Ischgl Covid-19 Cases
20th February 2021
Last modified on February 22nd, 2021
Nine out of ten residents of Austria’s Ischgl ski resort who contracted coronavirus have retained a long-term immunity a new study has found.
People living in Ischgl still have a high antibody count, almost one year since the outbreak.
The findings come in a study from the Medical University of Innsbruck.
The study was carried out in November 2020 among 900 volunteers from the ski resort between the ages of 18 and 89.
Of the 900 tested, 801 still retained antibodies at least six months after first contracting the virus.
“With their blood samples, the course of immunity was analysed using serological antibody tests and specific methods for measuring the cellular defence,” said the study author, Wegene Borena.
“The Medical University of Innsbruck can thus make a decisive contribution to the question of how long an immunity lasts after a SARS-CoV-2 infection,” said University President W. Wolfgang Fleischhacker.
The authors are keen to remind the public that herd immunity can not be assumed in the region.
The full details were published by ORF.
The resort in the Tirol had hoped to be open by now but currently remains closed.
The state of the Tirol is currently in isolation after variant virus have spread with skiers and snowboarders requiring a negative test to go on the slopes.