Can dengue anti-bodies provide you immunity against COVID-19? Brazil study reveals interesting information!

Researchers from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil and Duke University US conducted the study; however, it is yet to be peer-reviewed. 

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A study led by Brazilian researchers has found that the areas where a large number of people contracted dengue in 2019-2020 have seen fewer COVID-19 cases and deaths. The findings suggest that dengue antibodies may confer some level of immunity against the novel coronavirus.

Researchers from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil and Duke University US conducted the study; however, it is yet to be peer-reviewed.

The research focused on Brazil’s various factors that affected the spread of the coronavirus in the country. The researchers applied mathematical modeling to understand the aspects of driving the uneven spread of the virus in Brazil.

The study unveiled that “states in which a large number of the population had contracted the dengue fever in 2019-2020 reported lower COVID-19 cases and deaths”.

Overall, the team found that areas with a higher percentage of the dengue antibodies also had fewer COVID-19 cases, disease growth rates, and fatality rates.

A Professor at the Duke University and lead author of the study, Miguel Nicolelis, said,” The findings are surprising because none of the researchers were expecting any immunological connectivity between the viruses as all of them belong to entirely different families.”

The findings hypothesized that dengue antibodies might confer some level of immunity to the novel coronavirus. It also suggests that the dengue virus vaccine may help protect against the virus.

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  • makes a little bit of sense, dengue cause blood thinning and COVID cause blood clots. But in all aspects a fascinating find. Disclaimer I am not a medical doctor.


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