The so-called “long” coronavirus was discovered by Russian researchers. It can “sleep” in the human body for many months.
Experts from the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology announced the existence of an intractable coronavirus that can stay in the body for a long time. Long-term observations of antibodies helped to detect the phenomenon. Professor-biotechnologist Dmitry Kulish, a specialist in the field of vaccine development, spoke about the opening on the air of Radio Russia:
This is a very scary, painful topic, and I’m scared to talk about it. But yes, this is the same long covid. This means that this terrible virus is hanging in you somewhere, it is spreading.
Experts call “long coronavirus” an increase in the number of antibodies with short-term protection, without changing the indicator of long-term protection. The professor claims that some patients complained of the growth of antibodies 8-9 months after they were cured of their illness.
Vladislav Zhemchugov, MD, explained that this happens when the immune system does not completely kill the virus. It is not fatal, but it remains in the body for some time until it activates and begins to multiply.
Dmitry Kulish warns that the growth of IgM antibodies after an illness may indicate the development of “long COVID”, RIA Novosti reports. The level of IgM antibodies rises during illness and falls after it, while the level of IgG antibodies – long-term protection – on the contrary, rises. If there is an increase in IgM antibodies, then:
This means that this terrible virus is hanging in you somewhere, it is spreading. And at this point I would rather not say anything, <...> you need to run to your attending physician and find out what to do.