- A doctor from Siberia conducted a controversial coronavirus immune test after surviving COVID-19 in March.
- The 68-year-old Russian doctor spent time with coronavirus-positive patients without a mask to see if he could get a second COVID-19 infection.
- The doctor became infected for a second time in about six months and experienced a worse case of COVID-19 than before.
A doctor in Russia spent time with a coronavirus patient without a mask and repeated the experiment for months to see if he could have a second COVID-19 infection. This unusual coronavirus immunity test can easily be submitted in the “Russia only”; section of the COVID-19 news. Only in Russia, for example, will the coronavirus vaccine be allowed for mass use before any scientific research is shared with the world and before the drug completes its Phase 3 trial. gets crazier considering the age of the doctor. At the age of 68, Alexander Chepurnov happened to be the type of COVID-19 patient at risk of developing the most severe case. It doesn’t have to be just age; it is his gender and the fact that the elderly develop many medical conditions that may hinder recovery at COVID-19.
Chepurnov’s controversial experiment is not without validity, though. It is certainly the kind of experiment that others will not necessarily accept, especially in Western countries. But it was the kind of experiment that could deliver results – and Chepurnov got his way. He had been re-infected with COVID-19 within six months of the first wave.
Chepurnov thinks he had been infected with a new coronavirus sometime in March. He told Novosibirsk newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda (through Newsweek) that he thinks he got the virus in Moscow, where he stopped on his way to a ski vacation in France. In March, Russia had almost no notable coronavirus outbreaks, at least according to official data. A typical case is that Chepurnov is diagnosed after the fact, with antibody tests highlighting the appearance of COVID-19 antibodies.
Chepurnov said he had a fever, chest pain, and suddenly lost his sense of smell. He was diagnosed with pneumonia at home, not COVID-19.
Chepurnov and his team at the Institute of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, of the Russian Academy of Sciences, began to monitor his antibodies. He found out that they were gone after three months. “Observation [showed] a pretty quick drop, ”he told the newspaper. “By the end of the third month after the onset of the disease, they are no longer identified.” This is consistent with other studies on the longevity of COVID-19 antibodies.
The Russian doctor decided to regenerate and see how the body reacted, and he started spending time with active patients without wearing a mask. He was tested for reinfection every two weeks, and was positive up to six months after his first case of COVID-19.
He was ill, had a high temperature, had a loss of smell and had pneumonia. “The pain was more intense than the first time,” Chepurnov said.
Chepurnov’s story also seems consistent with other studies that say immunity can last for at least 5-7 months. The story also demonstrates that immunity persists even when the antibodies are gone and shows that other components of the immune system are actually involved in prolonged protection. Others hypothesize that T cells will prolong immunity beyond the life of the first wave of antibodies. Chepurnov’s experimental findings are also crucial to vaccine research. If immunity persists for less than a year, several booster shots may be required after the initial dose.
At the same time, there have been documented cases of reinfection occurring just months after the first case. Like Chepurnov’s second case, some of them were even worse. An 89-year-old woman in the Netherlands has died after the second illness.
But Newsweek Indicates a problem with testing. Since his first case of COVID-19 was not diagnosed through the PCR test and there is no trace of the first strain, there is no way to tell whether the doctor has been infected with another strain or strain. other virus. Other cases of reinfection have been demonstrated by genetic testing of strains. In addition, Chepurnov’s experiment has not been published in a scientific journal, and it is not clear what scientific rigor was applied. This is still coming from Russia, which approved a vaccine before it was proven to be effective or safe.
However, if his findings are correct, Chepurnov is indeed right in warning against using herd immunity to defeat the pandemic. The doctor also says that this drug will be with us for many years to come. The following winter months may provide us with more data on the risk of COVID-19 reinfection. There is enough time for some people to be at risk of reinfection. If such things do happen, they will be closely monitored and publicly available.