New Study Says There Are People Who Are Genetically Immune To COVID-19 – Here’s How They Could Help Develop A Universal Cure!

New Study Says There Are People Who Are Genetically Immune To COVID-19 – Here’s How They Could Help Develop A Universal Cure!

We are all 99.9 percent identical to one another but that 0.1 percent is truly what makes us unique. That extremely small percentage is what causes all the differences from one human to another, from our outer appearance to our genetic resistance to certain illnesses.
With that being said, small changes in our genetic code can really change things for the better health-wise, not just for one individual but for the entire social space we inhabit.
And so, the more scientists learn about these special genes and those who have them, the closer they’re getting to possibly creating medicine that can imitate these genetic differences.
In fact, researchers are now looking for people who might be naturally immune to the SARS-CoV-2 virus while the world is still struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic, hoping to find out more about their natural resistance and potentially create a universal drug that can treat COVID based on the special genes of the few.
Immunologist Evangelos Andreakos from the Academy of Athens and his team of researchers write in a brand new paper on this topic that “The introduction of SARS-CoV-2 to a naive population, on a global scale, has provided yet another demonstration of the remarkable clinical variability between individuals in the course of infection, ranging from asymptomatic infections to life-threatening disease. Our understanding of the pathophysiology of life-threatening COVID-19 has progressed considerably since the disease was first described in December 2019, but we still know very little about the human genetic and immunological basis of inborn resistance to SARS-CoV-2.”
Of course, just because there is so little information about this natural resistance some people have at this point, that is not to say that it does not exist at all.
The team of researchers mentions that sometimes a whole family can get infected with COVID-19, with a single member remaining healthy in spite of sharing the space with the rest of the ill household.
There are also other reports of people who have managed to avoid getting the virus even though they have been in the “line of fire” a number of different times.
At this point, there has been some extensive research done into this but the results have just managed to show some small differences.
For instance, there have been reports that blood type O seems to be slightly resistant to SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Other studies have looked at proteins like the ACE2 receptor or TMEM41B which the virus appears to need to enter or replicate once in the cell.
So scientists suggest there is a need for more research in this field in order to learn more about those people who could be genetically resistant to SARS-CoV-2.
As for how that can be done, the team states in their paper that “We propose a strategy for identifying, recruiting, and genetically analyzing individuals who are naturally resistant to SARS-CoV-2 infection. We first focus on uninfected household contacts of people with symptomatic COVID-19. We then consider individuals exposed to an index case without personal protection equipment, for at least 1 hour per day, and during the first 3-5 days of symptoms in the index case.”
The next step would be negative PCR tests and negative blood work a month after the exposure, looking for T cells in order to confirm that the subject had not been infected before and simply developed natural immunity.
With that being said, you can even get involved in this research if you fit the criteria and are interested!
“We have already enrolled more than 400 individuals meeting the criteria for inclusion in a dedicated resistance study cohort. The collaborative enrolment of study participants is continuing and subjects from all over the world are welcome,” they go on to write.

Katherine Baldwin

Katherine is just getting her start as a journalist. She attended a technical school while still in high school where she learned a variety of skills, from photography to nutrition. Her enthusiasm for both natural and human sciences is real so she particularly enjoys covering topics on medicine and the environment.

3 thoughts on “New Study Says There Are People Who Are Genetically Immune To COVID-19 – Here’s How They Could Help Develop A Universal Cure!

  1. I have been exposed multiple times without anything. People around me have tested positive, been hospitalized with one being placed on a ventilator for just over 2 weeks. I was thinking that maybe I should donate dome blood to find out if I have a natural immunity.


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