A recent study has found the way coronavirus can short-circuit the immune system, bearing a striking resemblance to H.I.V. While at the beginning of this uncertain period, COVID-19 was viewed as another respiratory disease, the virus has turned out to be a burden not only for the lungs but also for kidneys. In addition to this, collected data suggests that coronavirus is responsible for affecting the circulatory system, the heart, and even our senses, such as smell and taste.
Unfortunately, the bad news does not end here. Patients infected with the deadly COVID-19 have been subject to further analysis, and researchers suggest that coronavirus can even threaten the immune system. According to this study, a series of cells are depleted, a commune symptom when it comes to H.I.V.
Dr, John Wherry, the leading researcher of this study, has declared that in order to bring COVID-19 under control, a cocktail of drugs is necessary, exactly the treatment offered to H.I.V patients. Its researchers’ team has posted their findings in an online paper. There they underline the implications of COVID-19 as far as the immune system is concerned and how it can cause the death of the T cells, the ones responsible for fighting the infectious disease.
In addition to this, the analysts decided to take further action and conducted vigorous research on 71 patients infected with COVID-19. The results seem quite shocking since around 30% of them have developed severe immune complications, affecting both the T and B cells responsible for fighting the virus.
Consequently, the patients that suffer the most from coronavirus ate the ones whose immune system overreacts, exactly as the sepsis patients. This happens when the IP10 molecule, the one that sends T cells in the areas where it is needed, is briefly elevated. Therefore the IP10 levels go extremely up, and there is no chance of stopping them.