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The significance of host resistance

96-year old woman survives COVID-19 in Bacolod City

This article published by the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports on the startling recovery of Marciana de Asis, 96 years old, from COVID-19. Just two weeks ago, De Asis’ son-in-law, 75, a retired intelligence officer of the Philippine Army had succumbed to the virus. He was also known to be a diabetic. Everyone in their household were swab […]

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Immune memory offers hope for collective immunity

This New York Times article published last August 16, 2020 features a number of scientists saying that immune systems of those infected with the coronavirus can recognize the virus even months after recovery [new studies show that immunity to the virus can last for years, see New study found pre-existing SARS-CoV-2 immunity in general population]. […]

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The significance of host resistance Is it really that deadly?

New study found pre-existing SARS-CoV-2 immunity in general population

Findings of a new study published by Nature suggests that infection and exposure to coronaviruses induces long lasting memory T cells. Scientists from Duke-NUS Medical School in collaboration with the National University of Singapore Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, the Singapore General Hospital, and the National Centre for Infectious Disease, found SARS-CoV-2-specific T cells […]

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Germ Theory The significance of host resistance

Lockdown and social distancing could make our immune system weaker

In this article for The Daily Mail, author Jack Wright reports on Sunetra Gupta’s theory that prolonged lockdowns and social distancing could actually weaken our immune system. According to Gupta, as people are cocooned inside their homes, they do not develop theory defenses against germs – defenses, she says, which are essential for fighting future […]

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The significance of host resistance Global

Countries once praised for their handling of pandemic now suffering from “new” outbreaks

In this August 3, 2020 article by Emma Reynolds and Tara John for CNN, we see that several countries are now grappling with increasing infection rates, even with lockdowns and strict social distancing rules. Australia, which relaxed its social distancing measures in July was forced to reinforce lockdowns in early August as it recorded new […]

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The significance of host resistance Global

Mumbai’s poorest may already have collective immunity against SARS-COV-2

A serological survey conducted in three suburbs in India shows that six in ten people living in Mumbai slums have developed antibodies against the new coronavirus. Collectively, that’s 57% of Mumbai slum dwellers known to have antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 – the highest immunity levels anywhere in the world. Researchers say that this could explain […]

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Integral Theory of Health The significance of host resistance

Boosting immune system, a viable treatment strategy for COVID-19

New research findings from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis offers a new theory as to why COVID-19 patients become seriously ill. Senior investigator Richard Hotchkiss says that results are showing that the immune systems of involved patients are not doing enough to protect them from the virus, hence leading them in […]

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The significance of host resistance

Immune systems of recovered COVID-19 patients recognize SARS-COV-2

This May 15, 2020 article published by Science Daily summarizes the findings of a study conducted by the La Jolla Institute for Immunology. The study, which included 20 adults who recovered from COVID-19, shows that the body’s immune system is able to recognize the SARS-COV-2 virus in various ways. This article comes as a response to the […]

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Why are some populations more affected by COVID-19 than others?

This June 7, 2020 article for The Guardian looks at the various possible reasons why COVID-19 has devastated some populations more than others. Some of the more important factors raised by this article include cross immunity among coronaviruses, age, sex, socioeconomic status, and COVID-19 national response policies.  The article also offers a number of resources that support the […]

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Why is Japan’s COVID-19 death rate mysteriously low?

In this article for BBC News, Rupert Wingfield-Hayes looks at the Japanese COVID-19 response and how the country was able to prevent massive deaths despite having the right conditions for rapid transmission of the virus – a huge elderly population, and jam-packed cities.  Some experts say that Japan’s culture of mask wearing, and Japanese mores on greetings […]