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An Autoimmune-Like Antibody Response Is Linked With Severe COVID-19

Wednesday 21 October 2020


From The Conversation:


Hospital bed
Are patients with severe COVID-19 victims
of their own immune response?

An autoimmune-like antibody response is linked with severe COVID-19

By Matthew Woodruff
October 9, 2020
Copyright © 2010–2020, The Conversation Media Group Ltd.

In the earliest days of the pandemic, many immunologists, including me, assumed that patients who produced high quantities of antibodies early in infection would be free from disease. We were wrong.

Several months into studying COVID-19, like other scientists, I’ve come to realize the picture is far more complicated. A recent research study published by my colleagues and me adds more evidence to the idea that in some patients, preventing dysregulated immune system responses may be as important as treating the virus itself.

I am an immunologist at Emory University working under the direction of Dr. Ignacio Sanz, Emory’s chief of rheumatology. Immune dysregulation is our specialty.


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