Research Highlights: COVID-19 Infection Can Boost Common Seasonal Human Coronavirus Antibodies
- The COVID-19 virus has quickly spread within the human population.
- The COVID-19 virus is a new type of coronavirus.
- However, humans had been previously exposed to common seasonal human coronavirus before the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Common human coronaviruses usually cause mild/moderate upper-respiratory tract diseases such as the common cold.
- Researchers quantified levels of antibodies induced by COVID-19 virus and antibodies induced by the common seasonal human coronavirus.
- Samples were collected from 431 individuals before the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Researchers then quantified pre-pandemic antibody levels from another group of 251 individuals who became infected with the COVID-19 virus.
- Finally, both COVID-19 and common seasonal human coronavirus antibodies were measure in hospitalized COVID-19 patients.
- Data show that most individuals possessed common seasonal human coronavirus antibodies before the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Researchers determined that about 20 percent of these individuals possessed non-neutralizing antibodies that cross-reacted with the COVID-19 virus spike and proteins.
- The non-neutralizing antibodies do not seem to protect individual against the COVID-19 virus.
- The non-neutralizing antibodies were boosted upon COVID-19 viral infection.
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