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Yellowdog's avatar

Upon exposure, do some people resist the virus altogether, or do we catch the virus but not get sick?

Asked by Yellowdog (10569points) 1 month ago

I am around a lot of vulnerable people. I rarely get sick, and am taking precautions. I have recently worked around the sick in Nashville.

Do healthy people with good immune systems merely ‘resist’ the corona virus, and never catch it because the body can fight it, or is it that we do catch it but don’t get sick from it?

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Patty_Melt's avatar

This surgeon lays it all out there. He gives details easy to understand, about how a corona virus gets started, how it behaves, and all the for real about covid 19.

seawulf575's avatar

Good video, @Patty_Melt. I think the take away I got from this is I’m going to stay away from my pimp ;-) Just kidding. I don’t know how accurate his predictions will be, but it was very informative on how the disease impacts your body. My take on the answer to this Fluther question is that It is possible for anyone to get this disease, but just as with every other disease out there, your body will react differently from someone else’s body. The OP stated he rarely gets sick. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t get diseases, it just means his body and immune system reacts appropriately to the invading disease before the symptoms really start or become noticeable. I’m the same way. But I could still carry the disease to others for a brief time at least, even if I show no symptoms.

kritiper's avatar

Insufficient data.

zenvelo's avatar

There is a lot of evidence that a significant percentage (17.9%) of people are asymptomatic and never realize they are carriers. But it does not mean they can walk among us freely.

It is one of the reasons to maintain distancing because the seemingly “healthy” guy walking down the street may be a virus carrier, and his exhalations may be loaded with virus.

JLeslie's avatar

I’m not sure if they know.

Maybe it’s both. Maybe some people are asymptomatic and do produce antibodies, and maybe some simply never catch the disease.

I’m thinking of the Delta 32 mutation recognized to have given immunity against the plague, and scientist believe gives immunity against HIV. Does the person create antibodies, or the virus simply doesn’t make its way into the cells?

My mom never produced a small pox scar, and that is said to show natural immunity. I don’t know if that’s really the case.

The health officials keep saying it’s a new virus and no one has immunity, but I wouldn’t be surprised if some people have a natural immunity, but it would be an extremely small percentage of people probably.

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raum's avatar

Covid-19 is zoonotic. There’s no natural immunity to it. Herd immunity will take time.

Also the percentage of (the population needed to be immune for) herd immunity to be effective is relative to how contagious the disease is. And seeing as how testing for C19 has been really inconsistent, it will be hard to know.

Guessing more contagious than the flu (70%), but not as contagious as measles (95%)?

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