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Common cold infections may train your body to identify COVID-19, finds research

The immune system’s memory helper, known as T cells, which recognise the common cold virus and help the body to fight it, can also identify some part of the novel coronavirus, a study has found. The researchers found that the T cells keep track of the viruses they have encountered before, which helps the immune system in recognising and fighting pathogens. On analysing, they found that individuals who have never been exposed to SARS-CoV-2 can produce a range of memory T cells that are equally reactive against novel coronavirus and four types of common cold coronaviruses.

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