Common cold antibodies won’t prevent coronavirus infection, study finds
Since the start of the pandemic, some have pondered if past exposure to the common cold, many of which are caused by seasonal coronaviruses, could offer some protection against the novel coronavirus that was identified more than a year ago. But a new study suggests that a past bout with the common cold will do little to protect you from COVID-19.
For the study, conducted by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and published earlier this month in the journal Cell, researchers examined hundreds of blood samples collected prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, examining them for antibodies to seasonal coronaviruses (CoV).
About 20% of the samples had antibodies to seasonal coronaviruses (CoV) that, in theory, could bind to both cold-causing CoVs but also to “key sites on SARS-CoV-2,” the novel coronavirus, the researchers said.
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