We all know a person – someone who has been exposed to Covid a few times but still hasn’t grasped it.
Of them taste are intact and they don’t have a sniffle, let alone a fever or cough.
But how? Even if they have been followed up with infected family members.
Madeleine Black, 56, of Glasgow, has repeatedly avoided Covid despite her husband Steven, 58, the chief executive, and three daughters Anna, 28, Mimi, 25, and Leila, 20, all say positive results.
Madeleine, an author who also hosts the Unbroken: Healing Through Storytelling podcast, said: “My eldest daughter Anna caught Covid right at the start of the pandemic in February 2020.
“We were never tested but as far as I know I have never had it and since then I have been fortunate to avoid Covid many times.
“My husband Steven tested positive in September 2021 and he was unwell for several days.
“He felt as if he had a very bad cold and he was so tired that he had to take a nap in the afternoon.
“We slept in the same bed, ate meals together, and watched together on the phone on the sofa.”
Madeleine continued to test, certain that she would catch the virus, but never did.
She even went to three weddings in six days when restrictions were lifted over the summer and still avoided arrest.
‘Super large spreader’
“At one of them, two couples from our table tested positive and a two-year-old florist, but not me,” she recalls.
“Leila caught Covid at university and I didn’t catch it from her, and finally my youngest daughter Mimi caught it in December 2021 after the Omicron variant arrived.
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“Her boyfriend and several other family members both tested positive after we spent Gifting Day together. However, I have never tested positive.
“Sometimes it’s been around me so much that I worry that I’m a super-spreader and pass it on to others without knowing it but I guess I’m just lucky.
“My mom doesn’t have it either so maybe it’s all down to our genes.”
BBC Breakfast GP Dr Rachel Ward points out a number of factors that could explain why some family members have Covid and others don’t.
“Some people may have had an undetected Covid infection before, giving them immunity they didn’t even know they had,” she said.
“People also respond slightly differently to vaccines and gain different levels of immunity, and people in the household will get the vaccine at different times.”
Scientists still don’t fully understand the immune response to Covid and what previous coronavirus infections can do for us.
But Dr Rachel said: “In the meantime, the best way to make sure you have immunity is to get vaccinated.”
Early research suggests that some people may have natural immunity.
Sometimes it’s been around me so much that I worry that I’m a super-spreader and pass it on to others without knowing it but I guess I’m just lucky. My mother hasn’t had one either so maybe it’s all our genes.
When blood samples from thousands of people from 2011 onward were studied, it was found that one in 20 people already had cells in their immune system that could fight off the virus.
It is thought that exposure to other coronaviruses, which cause the common cold, may provide protection.
Other studies are now looking for genetic clues about what might make some people look more like Proof or actually more sensitive than others.
Professor Deborah Dunn-Walters, Chair of the British Society of Immunology’s Covid-19 Task Force and Professor of Immunology at the University of Surrey, said: “The jury is still out and a lot of research is ongoing. carried out in this area.
She added that the immune system is “extremely complex”, made up of so many different cells and processes, and “varies widely from person to person”.
“It’s a bit like measuring the height of a population,” she explains. “There will always be differences and some people will be a lot taller than others.
“So is immunity – we all have immune systems that work in slightly different ways.
“Some of us are lucky and will generate a strong immune response, others will not.”
Professor Deborah said that everyone will have different exposure to the Covid virus and that we all have different vaccinations at different times.
But she added: “Even if all of that happens at the same time, there will still be differences in how our bodies respond, which explains how different family members have may react differently.”
“Some studies show that prior exposure to viruses like the common cold can help our immune systems fight off Covid; Others say the opposite.
Dr. Rachel Ward, BBC Breakfast GP
Being vaccinated significantly reduces your chances of catching Covid-19.
But most importantly, vaccination significantly reduces the risk of hospitalization and the risk of death from Covid.
The UK vaccination program alone is estimated to have saved more than 123,000 lives through September 2021.
There is no vaccine that 100% prevents the infection and now, there is so much Covid in the community that it still leads to many infections.
However, it’s important to remember that by getting vaccinated, if you get Covid, your symptoms will be milder and you’re less likely to spread the disease.
The booster dose will increase your immunity against the Omicron variant, which spreads very quickly.
With such high infection rates in our community, health services are under a lot of pressure and this has a serious impact on all healthcare services such as cancer treatment.
Being empowered will greatly reduce your chances of getting Omicron and help reduce transmission capacity, case numbers and pressure on the NHS.
‘Share a meal’
“The different Covid variants people have come across can also make a difference to their immune response later on.”
Even before Covid, some people managed to endure every cold snap every winter, while others sailed across the road smoothly.
Georgina Robinson, 30, from Petersfield, Hants, runs a design studio and has been trying to avoid Covid so far, even after her two-year-old daughter Margot was diagnosed in December.
Georgina said: “We believe Margot caught Covid at daycare. “She had a cough, runny nose and mild temperature for a few hours, so we took her for a PCR test and it was positive.
“We were a bit worried for Margot because she was born prematurely and we were worried she might have a problem with it, but she’s not too badly.
“But although we went on with our lives as usual, neither me nor my husband, Greg, 32, were caught.
“We still change her diaper, eat together, kiss, cuddle and play together.
“She even coughed into our mouths a few times!
“We tested many times but once Margot quarantine period is over, we are still negative and relieved to be out again.
“We were both struggling and getting a boost so I guess that helped.”
But, this is not the first time the couple has escaped from Covid.
“In August we went to a wedding of my best friend and the day after the groom realized he had lost his sense of smell and smell,” she said.
“He did PCR and the result was positive. We spent a lot of time with him but then again, we never got it.
“We just hope our luck continues.”
Paul Smith, 38, a photographer from Newquay, Cornwall, assumed he would catch Covid after his partner, Rhian, 36, tested positive in December – but he We also get rid of it.
Paul said: ‘Rhian is a bit unwell but fortunately nothing too heavy. “In the days leading up to her positive test, we spent nearly all of our time together.
“I just assumed it was my moment and although I haven’t had it before, a lot of people caught it by surprise as Omicron spread across the UK and I thought I would be no different.
“We tried to stay away from each other at first, but we live in a small, two-bedroom house and it’s not really practical.
“There was not enough space for us to avoid each other or live in separate rooms.
“We’ve tried to maintain good hygiene and regularly wipe surfaces and doorknobs, doing everything we think is reasonable.”
For two days, Paul, who kept up to date with his jabs, slept on the floor in an empty room, performed lateral flow tests, and avoided people.
“I think it is only a matter of time before my test results come back positive.
“I tested daily for two weeks but I never had any symptoms and that positive test result never came.
In August we went to a wedding of my best friend and the day after the groom realized that he had lost his sense of smell and taste. He did PCR and the result was positive. We spent a lot of time with him but then again, we never got it.
‘Rarely catch a cold’
“I have been quite fortunate during the pandemic.
“I have been in a lot of situations where I went into someone else’s office and then got a call the next day to say that the person I was traveling with tested positive. I have repeatedly dodged it somehow.
“I don’t know why, even though I’m the kind of person who rarely gets sick.
“I have never had the flu and I rarely catch a cold. I may still catch it at some point, and for now, I will continue to act as rationally as possible. “
As Plan B restrictions go up, being cautious and taking steps to boost your immune system is the best advice, Professor Deborah told Fab Daily.
“Getting enough vitamin D, a healthy diet and exercise can all help strengthen your immune system,” she says.
And while she admits our immune systems become less effective with age, she adds that ultimately, the body has a lot of different ways of fighting off infections.
“You have innate immunity, which we all have, and adaptive immunity, where the body learns to recognize infections,” she explains.
“This is how the Covid vaccine works.
“You show your body a part of the virus that’s harmless — the protein spike on the outside of the virus — and your body adapts and learns what to do to fight off a virus you’ve never had an infection with.”
Our susceptibility to Covid may vary, but our bodies are all incredibly smart when it comes to infection.
And they’re even better with a boost shot.
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