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Dengue antibodies may be making Thais immune to Covid-19

By The Nation

 

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Thailand may be luckier than other countries as a study from Brazil has revealed that former dengue patients have a low chance of dying from Covid-19.

 

Dr Manoon Leechawengwongs cited studies published on medRxiv revealing that dengue antibodies may boost immunity against Covid-19.

 

He said Thailand has more than 100,000 dengue patients every year, and many Thais take the BCG vaccine for tuberculosis to avoid dengue infections.

 

This, he said, may explain why there are far fewer Covid-19 cases here than in other countries.

 

However, Manoon said, people still need to follow preventive measures, including wearing face masks, washing hands and maintaining social distancing to prevent a second wave of infections.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30395254

 

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"many Thais take the BCG vaccine for tuberculosis to avoid dengue infections. "   is very incorrect and misleading.   BCG is given to all Thais at birth but does not prevent dengue

The study in question has not been peer reviewed.   Prior exposure to dengue clearly is not reducing the rate of COVID infections in India.   Basically what the study did was look

And I suppose the Thais that return from abroad and test positive have never had dengue or been vaccinated. Only the true local, government fearing good citizens have this superior immune system. Not

1 minute ago, tifino said:

Fake news is Allowed, when it suits 'the Institution'...

Why  "fake" ?

It is a speculation which may  have been  better to not release until some better evidence one way or the other is produced. 

It would be a safe bet that all sorts of experimental applications of existing  substances are being investigated around the  world.

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9 minutes ago, richard_smith237 said:

Which countries have the highest incidence of Dengue Fever ???? - 

 

Answer, Brazil, Venezuela and Columbia 

 

http://www.denguevirusnet.com/epidemiology.html

 

Thailand, Philippines and Indonesia is also up there on the ‘high list’

 

 

Venezuela has relatively low Covid-19 number, but the country is on its knees in the mids of a socialist meltdown - I wouldn’t believe any figures which originate from there. 

 

 

I suspect Thailand isn’t getting increased cases now because because it already had cases at the end of 2019 and beginning of 2020 - a combination of herd immunity and no domestic testing of the general population may be the answer.

 

Rather than testing of illogical miracle answers such as 'Dengue Immunity' why not investigate the possibility that Covid-19 already swept the nation and people are carrying some form of immunity. 

 

Public records (Thailand ministry of public health) no longer carry information on the increases in Viral Pneumonia back in Jan, Feb and March... very strange. 

 

I certainly agree with you to a degree. I'm also a supporter of the 'early herd immunity' theory. Have been for a long time. It would be reassuring if they were to take a sizable sampling of Covid 19 anti body tests from people who have not knowingly had the disease. That would be interesting.

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I've had dengue twice. The first time I had it I think took aspirin and that made it worse fast. Americans tended to take Aspirin rather than other stuff from my experience, but my US experience ended 25 years ago. It seemed like Thailand made a big push to get rid of aspirin from pharmacies about three or four years ago but even before then aspirin was never popular like in the US and Europe. Thais use paracetamol and in fact that's seems to be the better drug to use in environments with dengue. Aspirin supposedly spreads the dengue throughout the body accelerating the infection. I wonder what those South American nations use as a common headache/pain medicine and what is popular in the Philippines. (It would be nice to see all the differences in drug use around the world on some maps.) Anyways, I wonder if the everyday drugs people use in Thailand like paracetamol make a difference and in contrast whether aspirin use in the US has any influence on this virus spreading quicker there.

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2 hours ago, Moonlover said:

I certainly agree with you to a degree. I'm also a supporter of the 'early herd immunity' theory. Have been for a long time. It would be reassuring if they were to take a sizable sampling of Covid 19 anti body tests from people who have not knowingly had the disease. That would be interesting.

 

It would be very interesting. However, I suspect the reliability of the antibody testing to be one of the primary factors in not relying on that data.

Another facet is that no government wants to find out the ‘continued lock down decision’ was flawed, if a large proportion of the population are found to have had Covid-19 and its proven Covid-19 has swept the nation the potential criticism of the policies is then backed up by proof rather than a theory. 

 

I think its something we need to know. But a government could be damaged by such results. 

 

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