Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsMedicine · 2 months ago

If children are really immune to COVID19, why the scientists won't get antibodies from them to make the vaccine? ?

8 Answers

  • LizB
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Children are NOT immune. No one is naturally immune to COVID-19 because it is a NEW virus that humans have never been exposed to before. And antibody therapy is already being tried out on some of the sickest COVID patients. However it is a stop-gap measure, because it's not a cost or resource efficient form of treatment (since it requires plasma donation from patients who have had and recovered from COVID). What we really need is to help create herd immunity through a development of an effective, safe vaccine.

    Vaccines are not made from antibodies, btw. Vaccines contain weakened or inert versions of a virus, which prompts the immune system to create its own antibodies. But this is why immunocompromised individuals must often forgo vaccines -- their immune systems are not healthy enough to fight off even weak versions of a virus, and adverse reactions can be the result.

  • 1 month ago

    Children are not immune. Trump lies. Children catch it and die from it too. 

  • 1 month ago

    The point has already been made that children aren't automatically immune. They get the virus, but most don't get very sick with it. After they get infected (and spreading the virus or a while) they develop antibodies. If they don't get infected they don't make antibodies.

    In addition vaccines aren't made from antibodies. Vaccines work by stimulating the recipient's immune system to make his or her own antibodies. Sometimes a vaccine is a weakened form of the virus, sometimes it is just a protein on the virus' outer coat. When injected the body recognises it as foreign and starts making antibodies.

    Injecting antibody is a form of passive immunisation, not vaccination. The antibody circulates in the body for a few weeks only, and may provide protection for a short time. But it doesn't train the lymphocytes to make any more antibody.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Nobody except the bleach bum says that children are immune to the virus.

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  • Mike
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Children are not immune to COVID-19, regardless what Trump says.

  • 2 months ago

    They are not immune; its just they respond a bit different from adults based on a more immature immune system, as much of the damage from the virus is mediated by the body's immune cascade. Children do die, and there is a severe consequence for them, much like a polio paralysis. Also due to their body size you couldnt get many antibodies from them AND you have to be of the age of consent to do something like that anyway,

  • 2 months ago

    Children are not immune. When children are infected they have higher concentration of virus compared to adults and are capable of asymptomatic spread of the disease. Children have a lower incidence of getting sick but that does not make them immune. 

    Also asymptomatic people have lower concentration of antibodies if they get exposed to the virus and don't get sick. Usually the preferred donors are the ones who get sick because those are the individuals develop a higher concentration of antibodies compared to those who don't get sick. 

    We are also talking about children which are small bodied and taking an adult pint of blood isn't practical. 

    We need adult individuals who get sick for convalescent donors. 

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    They prefer to get them from consenting adults (=blood-donors)

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