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Can herd immunity help end the COVID-19 pandemic? – Poynter

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Scientists say that herd immunity does play role in curbing the virus, but probably only to a limited degree.

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As the world waits for scientists to develop a safe and effective vaccine against the novel coronavirus, some have asked if “herd immunity” could play a part in reducing the virus’ spread.
Generally, scientists say that herd immunity does have a role to play in curbing the virus prior to the development of a vaccine, but probably only to a limited degree. Trying to actively build up herd immunity before a vaccine would contribute to more cases of COVID-19, and likely more deaths.
Typically, an infection prompts the body’s immune system to produce antibodies, which are proteins that circulate in the blood and help fight off an infection.
People who have battled COVID-19 and have recovered, or people who had been exposed but whose infection was so mild that they didn’t notice they were sick, should both have antibodies specific to the coronavirus. Once a vaccine is developed, people who have been vaccinated should also …

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T cell immunity in the elderly

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Young vs an old T cell, showing how the mitochondria becomes more networked (indicative of increased metabolic state) with age. Credit: (C) Felix Kraus – Monash BDI

A study by Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) expands the understanding of the molecular pathways that control T cell function and survival and how it relates to declining T cell immunity in the elderly.
The findings, published in Nature Communications, led by Monash BDI’s Professor Nicole La Gruta and Dr. Kylie Quinn (formerly of Monash University BDI, now Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow at RMIT University), outline that the increased metabolism of T cells observed with advanced age was an indication that they were working harder merely to survive.
This contradicts previous knowledge, which suggested an increased metabolism was indicative of T cell function, and will have implications for the development of targeted interventions such as vaccines or immunotherapies to treat age-related immune dysfunction.
T cells play an important role in the body’s immune response to viral infections and tumors, but T cell immunity wanes as we age, thus increasing our susceptibility to these diseases.
“We’ve shown that an amped-up metabolism, rather than arming cells to fight pathogens better, is associated with T cell survival …

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Here’s The Surprising Link Between Your Gut And Immunity, And How To Keep Both Healthy

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HighlightsGut health and immunity are inextricably linked togetherThere are foods that can harm your gut healthThere are a number of foods to boost good bacteria in your gutBoosting immunity has come to the forefront of all food-related concerns with the ongoing global pandemic. But did you know that the immune system is actually a part of a healthy gut? About 70% of the immune system is housed within the gut wall, as per the experts. This makes a healthy digestive system essential when it comes to boosting immunity. Countless studies have shown that gut bacteria and microbiome present within the gut can affect our susceptibility to disease, and thus keeping our gut healthy is of utmost important.The path to maintaining a healthy gut is easier than you think. The idea is to keep a delicate balance between the essential bacteria to improve immunity. The gut bacteria are formed as a direct result of what we eat in our daily diet, which can be both beneficial and harmful. There are a number of foods that are good for the gut, and a number of others which can harm the fragile gut bacteria. For instance, refined foods and fried foods can destabilise …

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Justice Minister: Hungary Will Not Curb Judges’ Immunity – Hungary Today

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Hungary will not restrict the immunity of judges, Justice Minister Judit Varga said on Thursday, in reaction to recommendations published by the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO).Under the past two terms of the government of Viktor Orbán, Hungary has introduced several measures to combat corruption, Varga said. It has also complied with GRECO’s recommendations “every time they addressed real, corruption-related problems,” she added.Hungarian immunity regulations protect judges and prosecutors from abuse and manipulation, Varga said, adding that complying with GRECO’s recommendations on the matter “would expose Hungary to further baseless accusations regarding the independence of the judiciary”.GRECO Is Unsatisified with the Govt’s Anti-Corruption MeasuresShe added that the recommendations failed to consider the “complex procedures of appointing judges in Hungary”.Varga insisted that Hungary had complied with more GRECO recommendations than “many European Union member states” and had adopted all GRECO’s proposals related to criminal acts of corruption.Hungarian regulations compare favourably to those of other states, she said, adding that Hungary always evaluated GRECO’s recommendations based on legal and professional arguments.Featured photo by Tibor Illyés/MTI

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Rep. Amash proposes bill to end legal immunity for police

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – In a letter to congressional colleagues, Libertarian Rep. Justin Amash (MI-3) said he’ll be introducing a bill to do away with the law that protects police officers from being sued while doing their jobs.RELATED: Detroit police investigating after video of violent police interaction goes viralSparked by the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, Amash said it was time for congress to open-up individual officers to legal punishments who use brutal tactics on suspects.RELATED: Videos show police turning up heat on protesters, rioters across US cities“This pattern continues because police are legally, politically, and culturally insulated from consequences — that must change so that these incidents of brutality stop happening” the Congressman wrote.“He’s going to try to push it through the Judiciary Committee but I have my doubts as to whether that will ever happen,” Professor Peter Henning said. Henning teaches criminal law and professional responsibility at Wayne State University.“Immunity has been part of the system since the mid-1960s,” he said. “Getting rid of absolute immunity for police officers is going to be very, very, very difficult.”And that difficulty Henning says could shield the former officers in Minneapolis, …

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The long road to coronavirus herd immunity depends on a vaccine and how the virus spreads

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The sought-after state of herd immunity — in which widespread outbreaks are prevented because enough people in a community are immune to a disease — is complicated by open questions about the effectiveness of a future vaccine and how COVID-19 spreads. Why it matters: Unless a sufficient level of immunity is achieved in the population, the coronavirus could circulate indefinitely and potentially flare up as future outbreaks.”When it comes to an infectious disease, herd immunity is essential to stopping its spread and ceasing to be a major health problem.”— Amesh Adalja, senior scholar, Johns Hopkins Center for Health SecurityWhere it stands: The magic number often cited is a minimum of 60% of the population would need to have immunity. Right now, antibody studies indicate the world isn’t close to that threshold, the NYT reports.In hard-hit New York, for example, a recent study found 19.9% of people tested have antibodies to SARS-CoV-2. (Though even that is debated by researchers.)And in Sweden, which took (controversial) relaxed measures in controlling the coronavirus, just 7.3% of Stockholm’s population developed antibodies by April.The catch: Antibodies are only meaningful to herd immunity if they provide lasting protection from a virus after someone is infected or vaccinated. But …

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Study shows Spain far from having ‘herd immunity’ to virus

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MADRID (AP) — A second round of random testing in Spain for antibodies to the new coronavirus indicates that a third of those infected do not develop symptoms, Spanish health authorities said Thursday. “It is a wake-up call for public health: it is not possible to control (an outbreak) by just considering those who are symptomatic,” National Epidemiological Center Director Marina Pollán said.“With this number of asymptomatic cases, we must follow the recommendations” for personal hygiene and social distancing, Pollán said.Results from the latest round of the nationwide testing confirmed preliminary finding published three weeks ago showing that blood tests detected the IGG antibody against the virus in only 5% of the 63,000 participants.ADVERTISEMENTResearchers say that means Spain is far from having developed a “herd immunity” to COVID-19 and is still vulnerable to more outbreaks.Over 95% of the people tested in the first round continued in the study for the second round. There will be one more round of testing before the study concludes.Spain is rolling back the rules of the country’s two-month lockdown. The country was one of the hardest-hit by the pandemic in the world with over 27,000 virus-related deaths.The Health Ministry’s top virus expert, …

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Do antibodies give you immunity from COVID-19?

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There’s a growing demand across the United States for COVID-19 antibody tests.
They detect blood proteins typically present in those who’ve been infected with the disease.
But there are real questions about the accuracy of th​ese tests and how useful they really are.
CGTN’s Hendrik Sybrandy reports from the state of Colorado.

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Boosting Your Immunity with Zinc

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Posted: Jun 4, 2020 / 11:00 AM EDT
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Why should people increase their zinc intake?

Zinc boost immunity, it accelerates wound health and decreases inflammation in the body.

What are some Zinc powered foods?ShellfishSeedsNutsPotatoesOatsOystersLentilsMushrooms

What is bone broth?

Bone Broth is a beverage that has been consumed for thousands of years throughout different cultures. This nutrient-dense broth is made from the bones of animals using water, bones, vegetables, and apple cider vinegar.

A true bone broth uses just bones, no meat, and is slow simmered for no less than 18 hours to ensure maximum collagen and nutrient content. 

Bonafide Provisions bone broth is frozen immediately after it’s made to preserve nutrients at their peak with no use preservatives, stabilizers, or high-heat pasteurization.

Why is bone broth good for you?

There’s a reason grandmothers across the world simmered soup on their stoves for their loved ones with ailments. We’ve seen the healing properties of bone broth firsthand, as I used bone broth both to heal my son’s chronic illness and treat thousands of nutrition clients across North America.  

With more than 70% of your immune system residing in your gut, it is the most logical place to start …

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