Covid-19: those who were not infected believe they have “superhuman immunity”

In fact, the scientists did not find conclusive evidence of innate genetic immunity, and “it would be extremely unlikely that there is any innate property of the immune system capable of protecting against all infections,” he said. Eleanor Murrayepidemiologist and professor at the Boston School of Public Health.

For instance, citing Joe and Susannah Altman58, who a little over a year ago came out of their confinement after being vaccinated, and since they were exposed to the virus and at risk of being infected several times.

As they confided, they had dinner with friends who tested positive the next day, Joe spent a whole day with his 25-year-old son, who just 48 hours later tested positive for Covid, and last month Susannah went to dinner with four friends, two of the who a couple of days later had symptoms also tested positive.

“Joe and I feel like we’re the last ones standing,” says Susannah, adding that it’s probably only a matter of time before they fall. “Because that’s the game: at a certain point, there’s only one left.”

The astonishment is generated when seeing that world figures, with the care that this implies, were also infected. Not even the president of the United States. Joe Bidennor ours Leo Messi They were exceptions.

For this reason, among the “dodgers” of Covid-19, crazy hypotheses about their good fortune abound. “I must have superhuman immunity or something,” he stammers. Katie Mossa 63-year-old pediatric nurse from Southfield, Michigan.

The parents of lucas rivas they are immunocompromised, so he himself took great care not to infect them. He is 27 years old and also misses having a social life, but he has had to pass up so many nights out that he prefers not to remember.

“While people my age were out there living their lives, I was here living in fear, because from my work I know how widespread the disease is,” says Lucas, who at that time managed to avoid contagion despite working as a medical assistant at an urgent care clinic in Littleton, Colorado. “It is impossible to forget what you saw on guard duty and go out to socialize with a lot of people in closed places.”

But the long weekend of the 4th of July he couldn’t take it anymore and when a friend invited him for a drink, he accepted. He took a drink, then another. He shared a microphone at karaoke with a girl and kissed another. Two days later he tested positive for coronavirus. “Just when I was starting to think I couldn’t catch it, I caught it,” says Lucas. He felt like a moron, unconscious, “who had wasted two years of extreme precautions.”

That kind of self-imposed guilt drives Katrine Wallacean epidemiologist who has recently begun to advise and contain Covid patients like Rivas, who are devastated when their streak ends.

“A lot of people feel like they’ve failed when they get it,” says Wallace, a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. “People tell me, I took such good care of myself!”, and Wallace assures them that they did nothing wrong, that the only bad thing is the new variants of the virus.

In those moments, she always avoids mentioning that she never tested positive: there is no need to confront people either…

Tony Freeman is convinced that he will be out of the game in no time. Freeman is 63 years old and has been a cast member of The Lion King since he debuted on Broadway more than 20 years ago. He has been on standby for five years, as a replacement in case another actor gets sick, and the truth is that it came in handy, especially during the wave of Covid last year, because he could stay hidden behind the scenes with his mask on. But now he’s been asked to take on the role of Timon the meerkat during a four-month national tour. In that role, he has to sing “Hakuna Matata” eight times a week, in front of a massive audience without a mask that laughs and coughs and is busy demonstrating loudly that he knows all the lyrics of the musical, from the first to the last. last.

So Freeman no longer believes in his chances of getting through the rest of the pandemic unscathed. “I don’t think my body is anything special. If you saw it, you would agree”, jokes the actor. Cast members swab each other six times a week, and Freeman is resigned to the fact that at any moment the swab shows two lines…

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