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Updated Mon, 17 Aug 2020 10:15 AM IST
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The findings are based on antibodies (serological) as well as viral detection (reverse transcriptase – polymerase chain reaction, or RT-PCR) tests, which were performed before the vessel was discharged and returned. While spending 18 days at sea, 104 of the 122 crew members were exposed to the virus from a single source.
Alexander Greninger, assistant director of the University of Washington (UW) Medicine Clinical Virology Laboratory and one of the study's authors, said, 'This suggests that there is a correlation between neutralizing antibodies and protection from SARS-Cove-2. More research is needed on this. Since the N number (the number of people with antibodies) is small. '
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The study was posted on the preprint server Medrix on Friday and researchers were from UW and Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center in Seattle. The findings are important because these are the closest yet confirmed that epidemics can be prevented by strengthening the immune system. This can help answer a complex question whether antibodies are sufficient to prevent the disease.
Obtaining such data is usually challenging because scientific ethics prevent them from investigating any compression caused by antibodies. The researchers said in their research, 'RT-PCR reports of a total of 104 individuals were found positive. Only three crew members were found to be seropositive and had antibodies against the virus in their bodies. There were no signs of the virus among these three crew members.