Osman Müftüoğlu wrote: Should we trust antibodies?

The demand for antibody tests has increased as many citizens wonder if they have survived the coronavirus. However, people have questions about how safe antibodies are. He also questioned the reliability of antibodies in those considering vaccination. This is how Hürriyet writer Osman Müftüoğlu addressed the issue in his column:

Antibodies are one of the body’s systemically developed protection shields against any virus that enters the body. Antibodies also prevent a person from suffering from the same virus for a long time. One of the most talked about situations during the coronavirus period was antibodies. Osman Müftüoğlu gave place to those who are curious about the antibodies that reduce the negative effects of the virus and multiply in the blood, under these headings:


“How long will these antibodies protect me?” The results of the studies are not clear and the opinions of the experts are not clear. The consensus is that the protection provided by antibodies in those who have the disease can last for 3-6 months on average. In a study published at the end of October (Iceland study), 90 percent of those who recovered from COVID-19 had measurable levels of IgG antibodies. It has been shown that the antibody level continues to rise for 2 months and the antibody level lasts for at least 4 months. The important thing is that we should know that being able to create antibodies in the IgG structure against this virus is a very important defense power. Those who develop enough IgG antibodies against the virus can have a sufficient amount of As long as there are antibodies, they will not get sick again when they catch the same virus. But let’s know that the power of producing antibodies can vary according to the person. Some people can produce more antibodies, while others can develop less antibodies. The result is this: Experts say that in principle, those who have the disease can be under antibody protection for 3 to 6 months. , then know He adds: Don’t rely on your antibodies, stay protected.”


Müftüoğlu, who carried the opinions of experts on antibodies to her column, further clarified the misconceptions among the public. For example, there are rumors that people with high antibodies do not wear masks. Those who recover from COVID-19 do not easily get sick again in case of a new infection, as long as they carry enough antibodies. However, they can transmit the viruses they carry in their mouths and noses to others due to contamination. For this reason, whether we have developed antibodies by passing the disease or being vaccinated, we will continue to wear our masks until the “pandemic is over” whistle blows.explained in his words.

Underlining that a healthy diet is necessary for the immune system during this process, Müftüoğlu reminded that fast food and high-calorie, high-fat foods negatively affect health in general, not just the virus.


Apart from the antibodies, another issue that was most curious about was that the test was positive despite the end of the treatment process. Müftüoğlu wrote the following about these results, which caused controversy on social media:

“One of the questions that confuses us most nowadays, especially in social media, is the question in the title. As it is known, in the practice of COVID-19, if the disease shows its normal course, it is accepted that people recover within 14 days and PCR tests are not performed on them after the disease. But it is still known. Some of those who have recovered from COVID-19 may have a positive PCR test after the second week. Experts underline that this situation is detected especially in people who have a severe illness and are treated in the hospital. Complaints such as sore throat, runny nose and similar symptoms continue, but who have the disease but continue to have respiratory symptoms. “The probability of the test being positive after the second week also increases in those who do. On the other hand, a positive PCR test after the second week does not necessarily mean the presence of a contagious virus in that person. The test may also be positive due to ineffective virus residues.”

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