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Corona virus research updates: Monkeys resist re-infection after recovering from the virus


Sabin, Kathmandu | 21 May 2020

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Globally, everyday thousands of peoples are being infected with epidemic called “Covid-19”. The total infected personnel confirmed to be found more than 5 millions throughout the world. Yet recovery is seen over 2 millions of individuals, there has been some disturbing news regarding re-infection of the virus again. To overcome this pandemic, researchers and scientists of different countries are merging their skills and research reports to find the cure.

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We, homo-sapiens are known to be evolution from primates, because of which researchers have initiated researches in monkey as test subject to find cure to “SARS-CoV-2” virus and miraculously found out resistance symptoms to corona virus re-infection. Monkeys that had recovered from infection with the new corona virus were protected from re-infection, although how long the protection lasts is unclear.

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Public-health officials need to know whether people who have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 virus can be infected again. To address this issue, Dan Barouch at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, and his colleagues gave doses of the corona virus to nine rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta). The monkeys developed mild symptoms, such as appetite loss, as well as antibodies against the virus.

Roughly one month later, the researches gave the monkeys another dose of virus. Over the following two weeks, the team detected low, rapidly declining levels of viral RNA in the animals’ noses and almost none in the monkeys’ lungs. All of the monkeys mounted an antibody response to the second dose of SARS-CoV-2, suggesting that their immune systems had fought off the virus.

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