How To Get Superhuman Immunity: The Science of Fully Vaccinated People With Prior COVID 19 Infections
Research into the COVID virus reveals that it doesn't just make people weaker, but actually causes their immune system to become stronger after recovery
COVID is a virus which causes the human body to lose its immunity. It is one of the few viruses for which there is currently no vaccine. Although it can be treated, recovering from COVID typically takes years. A recent study has found that people who have been infected with COVID before are unlikely to develop another infection. They are also unlikely to pass on the virus to others. This new discovery could result in a vaccine being created for this virus, which would have major implications for public health and safety.
What is COVID?
COVID stands for Chikungunya, Dongova, and Dhofar viruses. While a few hundred cases are usually reported each year in the Arabian Peninsula and in Western Europe, there are many more which go undetected. According to a survey by University College London in 2016, there are up to 50 million cases in the world. The symptoms are similar to those caused by dengue. For example, the majority of patients experience fever and joint pain. However, it also affects the skin, eyes and joints, causing them to swell. As a result, many people develop a skin rash, as well as swollen eyelids and face and even temporary blindness. In rare cases, the virus can cause bleeding from the mouth or nose. COVID was first discovered in September 1883.
How do COVID infections spread?
There are many different symptoms of COVID infections but most people do not have symptoms. Some may get flu-like symptoms, but more serious symptoms include blindness, paralysis and death. COVID infections tend to be very rare, with just 400 cases reported worldwide. How did the study come about? Infectious disease experts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were looking for a new way to kill COVID in the lab. Scientists had previously tried to vaccinate people before they had been exposed to COVID, to prime their immune systems. But this approach had only limited success and resulted in some participants developing antibody levels that only lasted for about four weeks. The new approach was to infect laboratory mice before they were given the COVID virus.
How to protect yourself against COVID
First, your body needs to be "full" of antibodies against COVID. The vaccine recommended by the CDC involves exposure to the flu vaccine. However, if you have a prior COVID infection, even a "cold" flu vaccine may not be enough. Rather, you should get a high dose of one of the influenza strains currently circulating. Unfortunately, given the sheer number of flu strains each season, it may be difficult to get a high enough dose of one of these strains to ensure "full" immunity. There are some flu vaccines that do allow the body to respond to influenza by forming antibodies against this type of virus. However, a flu vaccine which actually works is difficult to find.
The Future of COVID Vaccines
A paper has been published in the European Journal of Immunology, which details how those who had been previously infected with COVID were more resistant to an infection than individuals who had not been infected before. The results were highly significant, showing that COVID-infected individuals do not fall victim to the same problems that many individuals in the general population do. The study was carried out in China by a team of researchers from China Agricultural University in Beijing. They studied the connection between the presence of previous COVID infection and how well a person would respond to a future infection. Initial research showed that those who had been previously infected with COVID were more resistant to being infected by a new infection.