The difficult epidemiological situation of the spread of coronavirus in Italy is most likely the result of a constant weakening of immunity due to the regular use of antibiotics by local residents, said geneticist Vadim Pospelov.
According to the scientist, Italian doctors prescribe these drugs to the population for the treatment of bacterial infections, and even with acute respiratory viral infections too often.
“The population planted on increased doses of antibiotics, which negatively affects the stability of the immune system,” said Pospelov.
He added that antibiotics negatively affect the intestinal microflora. Moreover, the number of immunomodulating cells in the gut can reach up to 70 per cent.
“When people start taking antibiotics, even the banalest ones, then the immune system shuts down practically. As a result, “holes” form in this microfloral patchwork quilt. On the other hand, immunity becomes weaker. Thereby, we create all possible conditions for invasions of pathogenic microorganisms,” said Ivan Kozlov. He is MD, PhD, DSci., Professor, Dmitry Rogachev National Research Center of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Immunology.
According to him, a large number of people who caught coronavirus in Italy and high mortality from it indicate “hidden confirmation” of the weak immunity of the inhabitants of the Apennines.
He said that with ageing, the body decreases the number of “undecided” cells of the immune system that can develop antibodies to new viruses.
“As the patient gets older, his ability to respond to new pathogens that come to us decreases. At the age of over 70 they don’t want to drastically change the climate zone, that is, the antigenic background in general,” said Kozlov.
Soon, the new coronavirus will cease to cause panic in people. Indeed, regularly a huge number of people die from various infections, Alexander Chepurnov told. He is a leading researcher at the Institute of Clinical Experimental Medicine.
According to March 25, the Chinese coronavirus infected about 435 thousand people in the world. Moreover, more than 111.8 thousand patients have recovered. The virus killed 19 625 people.
“Even before the big Ebola epidemic, when I was working with this virus, a colleague came up to me and said: “From Ebola, one and a half thousand people have died. However, more than 100 thousand people in the world died from the flu every year. So, it’s debatable what is more dangerous for humans “. And he, in general, is right in his way. But then another outbreak (Ebola) occurred, and people began to die more often,” says Chepurnov.
Over time, widespread concern about Ebola subsided, and people stopped panicking, says the virologist. It is a consequence of the fact that people usually treat something new and incomprehensible emotionally. However, they get used to what they have long known.
“We have to accept the current situation with coronavirus. And thank God that it is just like that, and not worse, because in the future an infection may appear that will be much worse and more troublesome. Everyone in this situation must learn a lot to be more prepared the next time. Each of us now has to make every effort so as not to get sick and not infect others. It is really in our hands,” Chepurnov said.
Ebola hemorrhagic fever is an acute viral disease. The largest outbreak of this disease occurred in West Africa in 2014-2015. A total of more than 11 thousand infected was killed there.