The virus that causes the common cold triggers an immune response in a sick person, which can prevent infection with a coronavirus infection.
The common cold can protect a person from contracting the COVID-19 coronavirus. This conclusion was made after research by scientists from Yale University, according to the Daily Mail.
It is noted that the virus provoking a cold triggers an immune response in the sick person, which can prevent infection with a coronavirus infection. This discovery could be the starting point for finding more effective treatments for COVID-19.
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The immune response consists of genes stimulated by interferon that respond at an early stage of the disease and prevent the virus from multiplying in the body.
Researchers have previously found that increased immunity from the common cold can protect a person from the flu, so scientists began to look for a similar way to combat COVID-19.
Specialists have grown in the laboratory tissue of the respiratory tract, infected it with the rhinovirus that causes the common cold, and then the coronavirus.
After contact with the rhinovirus, the immune system was activated, which stopped the spread of SARS-CoV-2.
At the same time, scientists emphasize that treatment based on this principle should be started as soon as possible from the moment a person becomes infected with a coronavirus infection, so that SARS-CoV-2 does not multiply exponentially in the body.
In the later stages of the disease, such therapy is dangerous, since high levels of interferon can overstimulate the immune system and lead to a more severe course of COVID-19.
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