Found people with immunity to the coronavirus: what unites them

Recover from SARS 17 years ago immune to COVID-19

The people who survived the pandemic of SARS in 2003, have immunity to the new coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19.

This is stated in a joint article by American and Swiss scientists, which was published in the scientific journal Nature.

The researchers write that those who are ill with SARS-pneumonia, have antibodies that prevent the virus SARS-CoV-2 (the causative agent of COVID-19) to penetrate the cell and infect it.

This is due to the fact that this virus, and his older “brother” SARS-CoV that caused the epidemic 17 years ago, belong to the same subgenus – sarcomeres. They also have identical parts of the structure, which antibodies can bind.

Against this background, the researchers recommend the use of a mixture of antibodies for the treatment of severe complications in patients with COVID-19 or prevention in people with high risk of infection.

Earlier, a group of scientists from Taiwan and Australia examined more than 100 samples of coronavirus, taken in different countries, and found that one of the copies mutated into a less dangerous form.

And here in the US has announced the successful completion of the first phase of testing a vaccine against coronavirus. Experimental drug mRNA-1273, on the basis of which plan to develop a cure, was created by biotech company Moderna, Inc.