Scientists from the University Hospital of Lausanne and the Federal Polytechnic School of the same Swiss city have announced the discovery of a monoclonal antibody that is capable of neutralizing all variants of coronavirus. This scientific finding has been published in the scientific journal ‘Cell Reports’.
To reach the conclusions of the research, they had to isolate lymphocytes from patients with Covid-19. The antibody is “one of the most potent so far identified against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus” they have explained from the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne. This is because the antibody blocks peak proteins, that is, those that give the virus its crown characteristic.
In this way, the antibody prevents lung cells from becoming infected, and thus stops the process of viral replication. Thus, the patient’s immune system is allowed to remove Covid-19 from the body. On the other hand, scientists say that this new monoclonal antibody is more durable, since it provides protection for about six months.
This contrasts with the three or four weeks in other antibodies. All “this makes it an interesting preventive treatment for individuals not vaccinated at risk, or for vaccinated people who have not been able to produce an immune response” explained in a statement the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne.
Yesterday, 12 October, the Ministry of Health reported 3,289 new cases of coronavirus and 49 deaths over the entire weekend. In addition, the cumulative incidence at 14 days continues to decrease and stands at 46.08 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. In terms of hospital pressure, it also decreases. There are 1,942 patients infected with Covid-19 in hospitals in Spain. This puts the occupancy rate in plant at 1.60% and in intensive care units at 5.55%.
The flu season has already begun, and there are many people who wonder if they can catch this disease and Covid-19 at the same time. The experts have a clear answer: yes. In addition, they explain that symptoms can be aggravated if you are infected with both coronavirus and flu. ” The flu in the combination scenario may be greater than the severity of each infection separately, “explained Quique Bassat, an epidemiologist.