People who have contracted Covid-19 and have received both doses of jab could develop a “superhuman immunity”, a recent study has suggested.
While testing positive to the virus may come as bad news to many, it looks like scientists have found a bright side to the infection as it could give you a “bullet proof” Covid immunity.
And it isn’t just known variants that you may become immune to but also ones that are bound to emerge in the future and which are yet to infect humans, according to the study cited by NPR. It has yet to be peer reviewed.
“One could reasonably predict that these people will be quite well protected against most — and perhaps all of — the SARS-CoV-2 variants that we are likely to see in the foreseeable future,” Paul Bieniasz, a virologist at Rockefeller University who helped lead the study, said.
The 14-strong study conducted last month found antibodies in such individuals could neutralise six of the known coronavirus variants, including Delta and Beta.
On top of that, there were antibodies resistant to several other viruses related to SARS-CoV-2, including one in bats, two in pangolins and the one that caused the first coronavirus pandemic, SARS-CoV-1.
Those with such an extraordinary immunity are said to be the ones “in the best position to fight the virus”, virologist Theodora Hatziioannou at Rockefeller University said.
She added that antibodies in these individuals are also capable of neutralising SARS-CoV-1, the first coronavirus, which emerged 20 years ago and which she said is “very, very different from SARS-CoV-2.
The shortfall to this, however, is that the study was carried out on just 14 patients, meaning it is still unknown whether everyone who is double-jabbed and has tested positive to Covid will have such “superhuman immunity”.
With everyone who took part in the study, however, “we saw the same thing”, Prof Hatziioannou said.
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The positive research comes amid fears of an autumn surge in infections as Tuesday saw a 13% rise in a week, while deaths quadrupled to 209.
A further 37,489 daily cases were reported on Tuesday, just a day after the UK reached its milestone of 7million.
A total 88.8 per cent of the population has now had at least one dose of a Covid vaccine in the UK, while 80 per cent has had both.