Mapping the body’s immune response to COVID-19

Australian team of scientists maps body’s overall immune response to new COVID-19 disease for the first time.

According to Katherine Kedzierska of the Peter Doherty Institute of Infection and Immunity at the University of Melbourne, the authors were able to see a really strong immune response that preceded clinical recovery (they noticed an immune response, but visually it was still not well and three days later the patient recovered).

These findings have two practical applications: the first one, helping virologists develop a vaccine because the goal of vaccination is to replicate the body’s natural immune response to viruses; second, to aid detection, and to allow better predictions in future disease outbreaks of who is in the highest risk segment (in theory, these immune system markers could more accurately predict which patients have mild symptoms and which ones run the risk of dying).

Link to the paper: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41591-020-0819-2

Editorial Disclaimer: information published during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic may be updated frequently to reflect the dynamic nature of current understanding.

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