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Geneticists explained the cause of high mortality from coronavirus.

Anatori Sealife Comment 1 28th March 2020
geneticist explained the cause of high mortality from coronavirus

The difficult epidemiological situation of the spread of coronavirus in Italy is most likely the result of a constant weakening of immunity due to residents’ regular use of antibiotics, said geneticist Vadim Pospelov.

According to scientists, Italian doctors prescribe these drugs to the population to treat bacterial infections and even 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, the immune system practically shuts down. 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. MD, PhD, DSci., Professor, Dmitry Rogachev National Research Center of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Immunology.

According to him, many people caught coronavirus in Italy, and its high mortality indicates a “hidden confirmation” of the weak immunity of the inhabitants of the Apennines.

He said that with ageing, the body decreases the number of “undecided” immune system cells that can develop antibodies to new viruses.

“As the patient ages, his ability to respond to new pathogens that come to us decreases. At over 70, they don’t want to change the climate zone drastically, that is, the antigenic background in general,” said Kozlov.

Virologist compares the danger of coronavirus with other viruses

Soon, the new coronavirus will cease to cause panic in people. Indeed, regularly many people die from various infections, Alexander Chepurnov said. He is a leading researcher at the Institute of Clinical Experimental Medicine.

According to March 25, the coronavirus infected about 435 thousand people worldwide. 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 approached me and said: “From Ebola, one and a half thousand people have died. However, more than 100 thousand people worldwide die from the flu yearly. 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 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 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. We must make every effort 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. This disease killed a total of more than 11 thousand infected there.