Two humans are at least 99.9 percent genetically identical to each other. But it’s that 0.1 percent or so that makes us special.
The researchers have proposed that we need to be doing more to uncover those secret few in the population who might be genetically resistant to SARS-CoV-2. And they have some ideas about how.
“We propose a strategy for identifying, recruiting, and genetically analyzing peoples who are naturally resistant to SARS-CoV-2 infection,” the team writes.
“We first focus on uninfected household contacts of people with symptomatic COVID-19. We then consider individuals exposed to an index case without personal protection equipment, for at least 1 hour per day, and during the first 3-6 days of symptoms in the index case.”
With vaccines, useful drugs, and more understanding about the virus, we’re seeing life – in some places – start to look a bit more normal.
But COVID will likely be with us for a long time yet to come, and finding people who have some genetic way of being spared by the virus could be a real boon for the rest of us – especially if new, highly virulent strains emerge.