IT IS a strange fact that some unvaccinated people don’t seem to get Covid even though they have been as generally or as specifically exposed as other members of the population. Meanwhile many of those who have been vaccinated have gone on to catch the virus.
Now, a study conducted in the UK, we know this is neither a matter of luck nor of being insufficiently exposed to the virus. It gives the answer to our question. Some people are immune. Of 36 volunteers (aged 18-29 without evidence of previous infection or vaccination) who were inoculated with 10 TCID50 of a wild-type virus (SARSCoV-2/human/GBR/484861/2020), only 18 (~53%) became infected, none of whom become seriously ill. Two dropped out of the study, the remaining 16 remained Covid free.
You can read the full research study here. The study design was discussed with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA); but since no medicinal product was being investigated, the study was not deemed a clinical trial according to UK regulations.
Why didn’t everyone get sick? The Epoch Times turned turned to Dr Yuhong Dong, an expert in infectious diseases and antiviral drug development, for an explanation. Since they were all healthy individuals, why did their immune systems work differently?
However informative his description of the way the immune system works as presented in the article its mechanics alone didn’t provide an answer.
For that – and it transpires covid is no different to any other disease – he suggests that we have to look at the relationship between general (all-round) health and the strength of the immune system, and specifically to a dozen or more lifestyle factors which Dr Dong says contribute to that. The problem he says is that many people ‘watch out’ only for a few of them: ‘For example when it comes to bolstering the immune system, vitamin supplements, and looking at nutrition is easy for everyone to understand, because the effects can be seen through a microscope. But when it comes to regulating emotions, relieving stress, and changing what we’re conscious about, people feel it is too out of touch to be relevant. However, scientists’ research has proved that our thoughts and mindset can affect how well our immune cells function.’
More practically, he wondered whether in the UK Human Challenge Trial, ‘the deeper reason why some people weren’t infected with the virus may also be related to substances at a more microscopic level’. It would be great, he concluded, if the study designers had collected information about the subjects’ vitamin D levels, alcohol consumption, sleeping schedule, stress level, as well as their views on well-being, etc.
What a pity they didn’t.