Several Studies Present Evidence For Declining Coronavirus Antibodies; ‘Autoanitbodies’ Similar To Autoimmune Diseases; Cognitive Decline, Other Long-Term Impacts Following Infection
New York Times: Some Covid Survivors Have Antibodies That Attack the Body, not Virus
“Some survivors of Covid-19 carry worrying signs that their immune system has turned on the body, reminiscent of potentially debilitating diseases like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, a new study has found…” (Mandavilli, 10/27).
POLITICO: Study finds sharp fall in immunity after coronavirus infection
“British scientists have found that the number of people testing positive for antibodies has fallen by 26 percent over three months, raising questions about long-term protection from the virus. Latest data from the REACT2 study, published Tuesday, showed that in a random sample of more than 365,000 adults in the U.K. from June to September, the presence of antibodies fell for all age groups. It fell from 6 percent to 4.4 percent over that time…” (Collis, 10/27).
Reuters: COVID’s cognitive costs? Some patients’ brains may age 10 years
“People recovering from COVID-19 may suffer significant brain function impacts, with the worst cases of the infection linked to mental decline equivalent to the brain aging by 10 years, researchers warned on Tuesday…” (Kelland, 10/27).
Wall Street Journal: Severe Covid-19 Cases Leave Lasting Effects, Including on Mental State
“…John Swartzberg, an infectious disease specialist and clinical professor emeritus at the School of Public Health of the University of California, Berkeley, said long-term effects from severe cases have to be monitored in many parts of the body, including the central nervous system…” (Bhattacharya, 10/28).
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