Recovered Patients Build long-term immunity to COVID-19

By: | May 19th, 2020

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A new study documents that the human body builds solid antiviral immune system response to COVID-19 after recovering from it.

The study was carried out by researchers at ‘La Jolla Institute for Immunology’ in California and was published in journal Cell.

Alessandro Sette, author of the study said “If we had seen only marginal immune responses, we would have been concerned but what we see is a very robust T cell response against the spike protein, which is the target of most ongoing COVID-19 efforts, as well as other viral proteins.”

This research can help in the search for therapies to fight with the disease

For the study, researchers observed group of 20 adults who had recovered from COVID-19.

Studying the findings can help scientists understand how the body reacts and builds immunity to the virus. The findings could also help researchers create better vaccines.

Sette explained, “We specifically chose to study people who had a normal disease course and didn’t require hospitalization to provide a solid benchmark for what a normal immune response looks like, since the virus can do some very unusual things in some people,”

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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