Idris Elba Says He’s ‘Immune to Coronavirus’ Now. Is that True?
Actor Idris Elba has been keeping fans updated on his health after revealing on March 16 he tested positive for COVID-19. The Hobbs & Shaw star is in quarantine with his wife, Sabrina Dhowre, who also tested positive. Both have been asymptomatic.
“Sab and I still feel ok so far with no changes,” he posted on social media Wednesday.
The 47-year-old actor noted something interesting his doctor shared.
“Dr told us that after quarantine we will be immune for a certain time since our antibodies fought this,” Elba added, with a “thinking face” emoji.
Do people who recover from COVID-19 really become immune to the virus for a period of time?
Well, first answer is yes, a person can become immune (or resistant) after exposure to a disease-causing agent, like the coronavirus COVID-19. The process of becoming immune includes the production of antibodies specific to the virus for future protection.
This production typically happens when a person develops the symptoms of the viral disease, but also may occur without symptoms. Irrespective of the symptoms, after significant exposure and time to develop the antibodies, a person becomes immune to that specific virus. In other words, the person is naturally “protected.”
There’s a new term called “herd immunity.” It’s a new phrase for many people, but we’re hearing about it more and more, so it’s important to understand exactly what it is.
According to the American Heart Association, if a large group of people – the herd – is immune to a virus, then an individual in the middle of this group is unlikely to become infected. The virus has a very hard time getting through the herd. Herd immunity, then, happens when people in a community are protected from a virus and its associated disease to a degree that people who are not immune are still protected because of the high population immunity.
Herd immunity can slow the spread of a contagious virus. Herd immunity can be alternatively achieved by…