COVID Immunity?

    • November 27, 2020 at 1:24 pm

      My wife has COVID (no symptoms). It wasn’t until 4 days after she took the test that she knew the results. Therefore, I was in close proximity to a person with COVID-19 for 4 to 7 days before I began isolation. In 2012, when I got GBS, my immune failed. Now, in 2020, it is a superstar. Is it possible that I emerged from GBS with an improved immune system?

    • November 27, 2020 at 4:28 pm

      The traditional understanding of the immune system was that innate immune cells couldn’t learn; that they dealt with each invader the same way every time. But new evidence suggests innate responses are changed by previous infections or vaccination, through “innate learning” or “trained immunity”.

      Because innate learning changes innate immune cells, it has broad effects on how the immune system deals with infections. That means infection by one invader can cause changes in how the immune system deals with a completely different invader. In contrast, adaptive learning leads to very specific protection against repeat infection by the same invader.

      Recent evidence also suggests immune learning is strongly affected by environmental factors, including diet, lifestyle, our surroundings and previous infections.

      So, it is possible our Autoimmune systems can improve over time. But there will be a memory of GBS and how it produced bad antibodies to combat GBS, and it could produce them again.

      A good article covering Immunological memory is at the following link:

    • December 2, 2020 at 7:19 pm

      An update on the Covid vaccine and its side-affects follows. The article said “The longer, more important kind of adverse events such as some autoimmune disease have not been reported between the placebo group and the vaccine group in these two trials, which is very reassuring”. So it appears the bio-engineered vaccines from Pfizer and Moderma won’t trigger GBS or CIDP. But of course there are always exceptions and I wouldn’t consider the vaccines 100% GBS/CIDP proof.