Immune T-cells may the best way forward to long-term protection against COVID-19, Stanford Professor Dr. Scott Atlas says
In early March, MIT biologist Dr. Shiva Ayyadura said fear-mongering on coronavirus will go down as the biggest fraud to manipulate economies. Dr. Shiva is not downplaying the risk and the deadly nature of coronavirus. Instead, Dr. Shiva brought the attention back to the importance of talking about immune health and boost our immune system.
In a tweet back in March, Dr. Shiva said the media need to stop using coronavirus as a disguise to control people’s lives.
“As an MIT PhD in Biological Engineering who studies & does research nearly every day on the Immune System, the #coronavirus fear mongering by the Deep State will go down in history as one of the biggest fraud to manipulate economies, suppress dissent, & push MANDATED Medicine!”
Then in September, a team of scientists found that vitamin D deficiency may raise the risk of getting COVID-19. In a retrospective study of patients tested for COVID-19, researchers at the University of Chicago Medicine found a link between vitamin D deficiency and the likelihood of becoming infected with the coronavirus. Even Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he takes two vitamins to help keep his immune system healthy.
In an interview with Jennifer Garner, Dr. Fauci said: “For example, if you are deficient in vitamin D, that does have an impact on your susceptibility to infection. So I would not mind recommending, and I do it myself taking vitamin D supplements. The other vitamin that people take is vitamin C because it’s a good antioxidant. So if people want to take a gram or two at the most vitamin C, that would be fine. So vitamin C and vitamin D. Okay. Any of the other concoctions and herbs I would not do.”
Having a better immune system could explain why some people are less susceptible to coronavirus. Dr. Shiva went into greater detail to explain how coronavirus works and why building our immune system may be a good safeguard against viruses. Dr. Shiva explained that it is not the virus or pathogens that kill people but the overaction of a weakened and dysfunctional immune system. Dr. Shiva went on to explained molecular systems’ understanding of the virus and how “Vitamin D destroys for you.”
Fast forward eight months later, Dr. Shiva turned out to be right. In July, scientists discovered some coronavirus patients recovered from COVID-19 infection but mysteriously did not have any antibodies against the virus. When they later tested blood samples taken years before the coronavirus pandemic started, they later found that many of these coronavirus patients recovered from COVID-19 infection due to the presence of T-cell immunity in their bodies.
T-cells also called T lymphocyte or memory T-cells are immune cells that fight infection. T-cells also play an important role in fighting pathogens like viruses and bacteria. T-cells are also known to target and kill cancer cells. T-cells are one of the two primary types of lymphocytes—B cells being the second type—that determine the specificity of the immune response to antigens (foreign substances) in the body. Their main purpose is to identify and kill invading pathogens or infected cells.
Dr. Shiva is not alone. Dr. Scott Atlas is a former chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center and a senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. In an interview, Dr. Atlas discovered the importance of boosting our immune health. Dr. Atlas went on to discuss the need to harness the power of T-cell immunity instead of focusing on antibody immunity that could be lost in just three months. Dr. Atlas suggested that we should be harnessing the power of T-cell immunity instead of focusing on antibody immunity which only lasts for six months.
Some scientists disagreed with Dr. Atlas saying that ‘T cell immunity’ will not end the pandemic sooner. “It’s just a misunderstanding of the science,” said Dr. Shane Crotty, a virologist at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology who co-authored the groundbreaking research on T cells in June. “We have no data and neither does anybody else as to whether these T cells really help or not,” Crotty said.
However, in another study first published in the journal of Nature and led by Antonio Bertoletti and a team of researchers at the Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore, they found that “memory T cells might protect some people newly infected with SARS-CoV-2 by remembering past encounters with other human coronaviruses. This might potentially explain why some people seem to fend off the virus and may be less susceptible to becoming severely ill with COVID-19.” T-cells are not just one of the best weapons in fighting coronavirus, a new study published this month in MedScape found that “T-cells may best antibodies for detecting past COVID-19 infection.”
Explaining why T-cell immunity is better than antibodies, Dr. Atlas told reporters in a briefing:
“The immunity to the infection is not solely determined by the percentage of people who have antibodies … the reality is that according to the papers from Sweden, Singapore and elsewhere there is cross-immunity highly likely from other infections and there is also T-cell immunity, and the combination of those makes the antibodies a small fraction of the people that have immunity.”
Dr. Atlas went on to share some evidence that suggests T-cell immunity may provide long-lasting protection against coronavirus. Below is a video of Dr. Atlas explaining why T-cell immunity is better than antibodies.