It is claimed that some people may be innately resistant to COVID-19, which could open the door to a new path in the fight against COVID-19
A new report by international experts says some people may have genetic resistance to COVID-19, in other words, innate immunity, and can be used as a previously unused resource in the fight against the virus. It is known that there are genes that show natural resistance to other infections, including HIV and norovirus, and this discovery could lead to understanding COVID-19 and developing better treatments and vaccines.
The research, published in the journal Nature Immunology, outlines factors that can affect an individual’s sensitivity to serious consequences, as well as factors that can lead to innate resistance. The team also offers a variety of objectives for future research and for a comprehensive strategy detailing how this research will be conducted.
As has become apparent in the 22 months since the covid-19 pandemic began, infections vary from asymptomatic to life-threatening, from person to person. Some suffer slightly, some are hospitalized, and some continue to suffer within months of infection. Secondary disease rates can reach 70 percent in some households, and although the rest of the family has COVID-19, it is also known that there are many people who resist infection. But this is not the result of a malicious virus carefully selecting its targets. The authors of this new study suggest that perhaps the clinical variability of COVID-19 can be explained by genetic factors.
The team hopes that the results of this study can lead to the development of new COVID therapies, andsays, “Our study has the potential to pave the way for the development of rational new drugs that block SARS-CoV-2 infection.””