Insights from Research: Can a Common Cold Build Immunity Against COVID in Children?
The COVID-19 pandemic has made everyone extremely cautious, especially parents who are now taking extra measures to protect their children from contracting the virus. However, recent research indicates that children who may have contracted a common cold before may be less vulnerable to COVID-19.
A recent study conducted at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology in California found that a common cold caused by the coronavirus (non-SARS-CoV-2) could have T-cells that can recognize and respond to COVID-19.
How it Works
When a person gets infected by a virus or a pathogen, the immune system responds, and specific cells begin to develop to fight the virus. These cells, known as T-cells, have a “memory,” which means that they learn to recognize viruses they have encountered before.
The Role of T-Cells
T-cells have an important role in fighting viruses because they recognize and attack cells that are infected with the virus, thus killing them. This response helps to limit the spread of the virus in the body and reduce the severity of the infection.
What the Research Means For Kids
According to the researchers in California, the discovery that the T-cells generated by the common cold can recognize and respond to COVID-19 is significant for children. This is because children, in general, have a higher occurrence of respiratory infections such as the common cold, compared to adults. Therefore, the T-cells generated by these common colds may offer some protection against COVID-19.
The recent study conducted at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology in California reveals that a common cold caused by the coronavirus could have T-cells that can recognize and respond to COVID-19. This means that children who may have contracted a common cold before may be less vulnerable to COVID-19. While this discovery is still under research, it may be helpful for parents to know that a common cold could potentially offer some level of immunity against COVID-19. #COVID19 #Immunity #Tcells #CommonCold #ChildrensHealth #Research #LaJollaInstitute #California. #HEALTH