DALLAS (TBEN) – Studies show that hybrid immunity and superhuman immunity are ways in which our body can have additional fighting power against COVID-19.
Experts say they’ve heard the terms used interchangeably, but they’re a little different.
Hybrid immunity is when someone has had COVID-19 and the vaccine.
It provides people with antibodies to both.
Superhuman immunity begins the same way, but some people with particular genetics can develop even more immunity.
“Some of us have this super ability to recover from infections, COVID being one of them, a little better than the general population,” said Archana Narayan and immunologist at North Texas Allergy & Asthma Associates.
Experts say this is a rare occurrence.
“It is a descriptive term for an individual who generates very large amounts of neutralizing antibodies,” Dr Mohanakrishnan Sathyamoorthy, president of internal medicine, TCU and UNTHSC.
Studies show that some people may have hit the genetic jackpot, which means their bodies can develop very high levels of antibodies that neutralize the virus.
They are also able to fight present and future variants of COVID-19.
They say there is no specific clinical test you can perform to determine if someone has superhuman immunity, other than a regular antibody test to assess their general immunity, if that is recommended by a doctor. doctor.
Other than that, they say the best bet is to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
“If you have been infected, you can rest assured knowing that in addition to this infection, you can strengthen your immune response with a vaccine. You can create a remarkable level of immune response, ”said Dr. Mohanakrishnan.