MOSCOW, May 19 – RIA Novosti. People with SARS during an outbreak in 2003 may be immune to coronavirus, the causative agent of COVID-19. This is stated in a study by a group of American and Swiss scientists, published in the journal Nature.

Experts have found that infection with the SARS-CoV virus, which causes acute respiratory syndrome, stimulates the production of antibodies targeting the spike protein (S-protein), which is responsible for docking coronavirus with receptors on the cell surface.

Scientists came to the conclusion that one of the varieties of such antibodies – S309 – can effectively neutralize SARS-CoV-2 S-protein regions. Thus, people who have experienced acute respiratory syndrome may be immune to the new coronavirus.

Researchers note that cocktails made from such antibodies can be used in the treatment of severe forms of COVID-19 and for the prevention of the disease in people at high risk of infection.

The COVID-19 coronavirus infection pandemic has spread across almost the entire world. According to the latest WHO data, there are more than 4.6 million people infected, 312 thousand of them have died.

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