Some COVID-19 antibodies attack the body, not the virus: study


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This is diabolical if proven. The cure is worse than the disease?

It may be decades, or never, before the full effects of Covid19 are known.

For Chuck, please circle the 12th of never on your calendar.

Some COVID-19 antibodies attack the body, not the virus: study
By Gabrielle FonrougeOctober 28, 2020 | 2:12pm

COVID-19 antibodies in some recovered patients ignore the virus and attack the body instead — in the same way autoimmune diseases do, a new study suggests.

Researchers from Atlanta’s Emory University examined 52 patients who either had severe or critical bouts of the coronavirus and found their immune system’s reaction to the bug mirrors diseases like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, which can both be debilitating and lifelong, the New York Times reported.

Of the 52 patients, none of them had a history with autoimmune disorders but they are producing molecules that are called “autoantibodies,” which attack genetic material from cells rather than the virus.

The effect was documented in nearly half of the patients studied, the outlet said. The study was uploaded on the preprint server MedRxiv Friday and still awaits peer review.

The findings have scientists concerned that the misguided immune response could make COVID-19 symptoms worse — and could explain the science behind the mysterious “long haul” cases that are consistently cropping up across the globe. ...