Is the answer to curing COVID-19 in humans in infected bats?

A study was recently published by scientists from China and Australia who studied the immune system’s response to COVID-19 inside bats.

Bats are capable of contracting the virus which has been shown to be fatal to humans, but they do not get sick.

Human immunologists and microbiologists collaborated with an expert in bat immunology to try to better understand the differences between bats and humans.

The finding is that there are clear stages with preferred time frames for specific medical treatment during the cycle of COVID-19 in a human body.

The first thing the experts did was clearly describe the three stages in an infected human.

This stage lasts from 1 to 14 days and the virus settles in its new host. Some people remain asymptomatic, while about 80% have mild to moderate symptoms and 15% develop severe COVID. 5% become seriously ill.

This stage begins about 4 to 10 days after the onset of symptoms, when the virus continues to grow and moderate illness develops. This is when other organs start to be affected, such as the brain, which leads to headaches and vomiting.

This stage introduces respiratory disease, multi-organ problems, immune cell depletion, and hyperinflammation approximately 6 to 15 days after the onset of first symptoms.

It happens when the damage to a person’s immune system exceeds that caused by the virus.

Bats just don’t get sick, while in humans some also remain asymptomatic while others die.

Innate immunity, which bats have, is the best outcome for humans and works effectively to protect the person. This mainly occurs in young people and bats.

Bats and these humans have a higher base of immune proteins that work to fight infection, and bats have it to balance disease instead of sending their bodies into a craze.

One solution the scientists offer is to look for blood markers in a patient’s body that indicate whether they have high or low amounts of these proteins, as well as reductions in cells that fight the virus so that those proteins that help bats and asymptomatic humans can be injected in humans in a timely manner.

By intervening during stage 1, antivirals can be administered as well as anti-inflammatory drugs.

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