Researchers have conducted a study to find out if being previously exposed to a common cold can result in antibodies being produced that can prevent or even reduce a COVID-19 infection.
The results of the study were published in the journal Cell at the start of the month. The researchers examined hundreds of blood samples that were collected before the COVID-19 pandemic. With these blood samples, the researchers looked for antibodies that were linked to seasonal coronaviruses. From the samples, 20% of them were found to have seasonal coronaviruses.
The researchers found that these antibodies from infections such as the common cold could not neutralize the infectivity of SARS-CoV-2, the pathogen that causes the COVID-19 infection. Additionally, in a news release, the researchers said that these seasonal antibodies "were not associated with better outcomes in people who later went on to get COVID-19." For more information on this story, visit this link here.
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