MOSCOW, November 26 - RIA Novosti. Why it is dangerous to try to specifically contract the coronavirus in order to obtain antibodies, Nikolai Durmanov, biosafety expert, presenter of the Doctor TV channel, explained in an interview with Sputnik radio.
Antibodies to coronavirus appear either as a result of vaccination or after an illness. Some people believe that the best way to protect themselves from a dangerous infection is to get infected on purpose, get sick and get the necessary antibodies. Nikolai Durmanov said that this has already happened in the history of medicine hundreds of years ago, but in 2020 this approach is not justified.
"This idea is about 300 or 350 years old. People were then deliberately infected with smallpox. This was before the vaccine that Jenner invented (Edward Jenner, creator of the smallpox vaccine - ed.). Accidental infection killed 34%, and from deliberate infection - 3% Those who like to repeat 350 years of experience with coronavirus need to accept the known risk. Is this risk justified? No. Maybe it is better to wait for the vaccine? This is more in line with the level of modern science, "the biosafety expert said in an interview with Sputnik radio.
According to Nikolai Durmanov, it is difficult to predict how the disease will go after a deliberate infection. It is likely that the course of the coronavirus infection will be severe.
"The result depends not only on the method of infection, but also on the immunological status, on the genetic profile of a person, on whether his blood contains antibodies to previous coronavirus infections, whether he has diabetes and many other reasons. Not knowing all this complex questions, you can get infected so that you get to the hospital or even worse, "Nikolai Durmanov explained.
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