Coronavirus patients develop Neutralising Antibodies
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – Health & GS-III – Sci & Tech
- A new study in Pune has revealed that nearly 85% of the people who had been found infected with novel coronavirus in a serosurvey had developed neutralising antibodies.
Important value additions
- Immunity from a disease-causing virus comes from what are known as “neutralising” or “protective” antibodies.
- Neutralising antibodies, like other antibodies that are created to fight the disease, are proteins.
- These are a small subset of the disease-specific antibodies that are generated once an infection has occurred.
- The neutralising antibodies become special because they have the ability to prevent the entry of the same virus inside human bodies in the future.
- The other antibodies help in fighting off the virus once the infection has already happened.