Natural defenses provided by the common cold may give some level of protection against COVID-19, according to new research.
“The small-scale study, published in Nature Communications, involved 52 individuals who lived with someone who had just caught COVID-19,” the BBC reported. Based on the research, those who had developed a so-called “memory bank” of certain immune cells following a common cold infection appeared to be less likely to contract COVID-19.
“But the experts caution that it would be a ‘grave mistake’ to think that anyone who had recently had a cold was automatically protected against COVID-19 — as not all are caused by coronaviruses,” the BBC added.
The University of Reading’s Dr. Simon Clarke said that this small study could improve researchers’ understanding of immune system response, as