Is there a Correlation Between Mild COVID-19 & Previous Encounters with Coronaviruses? Stanford University Investigators Think Maybe

Is there a Correlation Between Mild COVID-19 & Previous Encounters with Coronaviruses? Stanford University Investigators Think Maybe

Stanford University School of Medicine investigators recently concluded that individuals infected with SARS-CoV-2 may actually experience a milder form of the illness if certain cells affiliated with the immune system “remember” previous encounters with seasonal coronaviruses, that is, those pathogens that trigger roughly a quarter of the common cold experienced often by children. Apparently, if this hypothesis is correct, those specific immune cells, assuming they encountered one of the previous older and milder coronaviruses, are essentially ready for mobilization against the novel coronavirus. Perhaps this could be the reason why some individuals, especially children, appear more resilient as compared to others infected with the virus. Could this be a way in the future to actually forecast who is more likely to develop severe SARS-CoV-2 symptoms? Could these immune cells represent a sort of biomarker for additional research? TrialSite introduces an interesting study, led by Mark Davis, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology and director of Stanford’s Institute for Immunity, Transplantation, and Infection as well as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. The inve...

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