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Neil Ferguson: Herd immunity can be achieved in the UK before the end of the year

In this interview with The Times’ Andrew Gregory, Professor Lockdown, Neil Ferguson says that the UK will see a decline in infection, thanks to herd immunity. Ferguson says that as the virus has already run rampant in the past months, about a third of the population of London has already been infected. And as infection […]

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Kids develop coronavirus antibodies without testing positive

The following article published by Science Alert reports on the curious case of the Sawenko family, where parents got sick of COVID-19 while their children did not. The two boys, aged 9 and 7, had mild symptoms but their PCR tests were negative. Meanwhile, the 5-year old daughter, who co-slept with her parents showed no […]

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The significance of host resistance Vaccine

New York Times: Immunity to coronavirus may last for years

Reinfection of the coronavirus may not be a major issue after all, as several scientific studies are already showing that the human body can mount a successful, long-lasting immune response. In this article for The New York Times, Apoorva Mandavilli cites a new study conducted by several researchers from the Center for Infectious Disease and […]

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What bats can teach humans about coronavirus immunity

In this article for JSTOR Daily, Lina Zeldovich looks at the unique capacity of bats to co-exist with several viruses. Zeldovich says, “Unlike humans, bats don’t develop an outsized immune system response. The hypothesis is that they somehow suppress the inflammation and co-exist with the viruses”.  Other theories on the high infection tolerance among bats include: […]

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BBC: Indian scientists suggest that unsanitary conditions saved lives from severe COVID-19

Two new papers written by Indian scientists suggest that low hygiene, lack of clean drinking water, and unsanitary conditions may have actually saved many lives from COVID-19 complications. One paper shows that high income countries had higher COVID-19 mortality. A second paper looks at the role of the human microbiome in boosting the human immune […]

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CNN Report: Immunity to SARS-CoV-2 last for months

A new study published by the Science journal and reported by the CNN shows that immunity to COVID-19 lasts for at least five months, possibly longer. The study was conducted among 30,000 people who tested positive for COVID-19 at the Mount Sinai’s Health System from March to October. According to the study, 90% of those […]

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It is time to stop our continued self-destruction

In this article for The Telegraph, Dr. Uri Gavish, Prof. Udi Qimron, Prof. Eyal Shahar, Dr. Ifat Abadi-Korek, and Prof. Michael Levitt, five experts in various fields, tells us that it is time to end the panic and our road to self-destruction due to government policies that are based on fear, not science. The authors […]

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Integral Theory of Health The significance of host resistance

Our immune system is the biggest mystery during this coronavirus outbreak

This article written by Dr. John Lee for The Spectator relates to us what is known about viruses, and their role in the evolution and development of life. He says that all coronaviruses, being RNA viruses, predates life itself. And as all of life have developed alongside RNA viruses, our bodies have evolved with the […]

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Study: Some parts of UK are nearing herd immunity

A new study published by the British Medical Journal says that more people may have COVID-19 antibodies than tests show. In an interview with The Week, a member of the research team, Dr. Stephen Burgess of Cambridge University says that current antibody tests are highly selective in what they detect. He says, “It’s possible that […]

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School and Children The significance of host resistance

Prof. Sunetra Gupta: Let children be exposed to viruses

In an interview with the Evening Standard published last September 3, 2020, Sunetra Gupta, professor of theoretical epidemiology at Oxford says that she welcomes the return of schoolchildren to the classroom. She adds that children will benefit from being exposed to the novel and other seasonal coronaviruses. She says, “evidence is mounting that early exposure […]