COVID-19 Survivors Seem to Have Really Solid Immunity, Researchers Say

By Dan Robitzski – Re-Blogged From Futurism

It’s an encouraging sign after months of wondering whether antibodies actually helped.

A smattering of new research offers good news during the ongoing pandemic: It seems that COVID-19 survivors do build up a decent immunity to the disease after all.

In the last month, five different studies at varying stages of completion — most await formal review, but one has been accepted by the prestigious journal Cell — have all found that even mild cases of COVID-19 can prompt the immune system to build up resistance to future infections, The New York Times reports. While every preliminary study should be taken with a grain of salt, it’s an encouraging development after months of not being sure whether antibodies would actually be able to fight off the coronavirus.

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Pharma Company Claims to Find Part of COVID-Fighting Cocktail

By Victor Tangermann – Re-Blogged From Futurism

Could this antibody cocktail act as a “protective shield” against infection?

Pharmaceutical firm Sorrento Therapeutics claims to have found the first ingredient for a “cocktail” of antibodies that could be used to act as a “protective shield” against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

In an announcement, the company said it had found a new antibody, called STI-1499, that was able to provide “100% inhibition of SARS-CoV-2 virus infection of healthy cells after four days incubation.”

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Doctors Are Cloning COVID Patients’ Antibodies For New Treatment

By Dan Robitzski – Re-Blogged From Futurism

Can a “pharmaceutical cocktail,” made from the antibodies of a recovered patient, protect against the coronavirus?

To develop a preventative treatment for the coronavirus, doctors are enlisting thousands of patients who have already recovered.

Or, more specifically, they’re enlisting the coveted antibodies that those patients’ immune systems generated in response to the virus.

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The Pandemic: Cardinal Numbers No One Talks About

By Vinay Kolhatkar – Re-Blogged From Savvy Street

It’s plausible that somewhere between 100 million and 500 million people on earth have had, or are having, the coronavirus infection.

That is a staggering statement when, as at April 19, 2020, the confirmed cases numbered 2.35 million. And we are projecting that somewhere between 40 to 200 times that, is the real number, which is between 1.3% and 6.5% of the world population.

What’s the reasoning behind how we may have gotten there? And what’s the evidence?

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Identifying the Full Scope of the Pandemic

 

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“Immunity Passports” Could Help Society Get Back to Normal

By Victor Tangermann – Re-Blogged From Futurism
Passport holders could be allowed to get back to work.

German researchers are suggesting that “immunity passports” could be given out to workers who have already caught the coronavirus — meaning they’re now immune — in a bid to get them back to work and help speed up the return to normal society.

A mass study being planned by Germany’s public health body and a number of research groups and hospitals, The Guardian reports, will involve testing blood samples from 100,000 people for coronavirus antibodies, starting in mid-April.

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Engineered Antibodies Block HIV Infection in Primates for 6 Months