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Why the same virus kills some but spares others

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One of the most perplexing and enduring mysteries of the pandemic is also one of the most fundamental questions about viruses.

How can the same virus that kills so many go entirely unnoticed in others? The mystery is hardly unique to COVID-19.

SARS, MERS, influenza, Ebola, dengue, yellow fever, chikungunya, West Nile, Lassa, Japanese encephalitis, Epstein-Barr, and polio can all be deadly in one person but asymptomatic in the next. But for most of human existence, we didn’t know that viruses could infect us asymptomatically.

We didn’t know how to look for them, or even that we should.

Full article at The Atllantic: Link

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spartan max2

Hopefully Covid has awoken increased interest in this area. I feel like some breakthroughs are waiting there.

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