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May 22, 2020

Could You Have Picked Up a Resistance to Covid... Without Having Ever Been Infected with Covid?

A new paper suggests that 40-60% of the population already has T-cells which are activated to defend against covid, even though they've never actually encountered covid-19, because covid-19 is so similar to other coronaviruses.

To explain this on a fairly technical level which might lose some readers:

T-cells identify viruses by the little doodads sticking out of their bulbous bits, and I think the ideas is that these other coronaviruses have doodads which are not exactly like covid's but which are close enough to covid's that T-cells know to treat it as enemy (and block those doodads so they can't jimmy their way into healthy cells).

But you know, I'm speculating in a hopeful direction rather than in an apocalyptic, we-must-weld-ourselves-inside-apartments-or-we'll-all-die direction, therefore my speculation should be banned on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, and will not be treated as Real Science by the Fake Twitter Scientists' Club.


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