Prof. Apoorva Mandavilli: „Kids produce weaker antibodies”

Prof. Apoorva Mandavilli: „Kids produce weaker antibodies”

Kids produce weaker antibodies

 

A study published Thursday found that children infected with the coronavirus produce fewer and weaker antibodies than adults.
Although that finding sounds scary, it actually may help answer longstanding questions about why children have a different experience with the virus than adults.

 

“We know that kids are much less likely to get sick from the coronavirus,” said Apoorva Mandavilli, who covered the study. “This study says they produce a less robust immune response to the virus, which, paradoxically, may be a good thing.”
Fewer antibodies may indicate that children were sick for a shorter period of time, and may also explain why children seem to transmit the virus less efficiently. A weak immune response also may shed light on why children are mostly spared severe symptoms.

 

Importantly, having weaker and fewer antibodies does not seem to mean that children would be more at risk of reinfection.

 

 

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