COVID-19: Bats and Interferon

Why Bats Make Such Good Viral Hosts

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Interferons as a Potential Treatment

What are interferons and how do they work?

  1. alpha,
  2. beta, and
  3. gamma.

Can interferons treat COVID-19 coronavirus disease?

  • Essentially, when confronted with a virus, each cell shoots an emergency flare of interferon to tell the immune system to marshall its defenses.
  • Interferon Beta 1a, specifically, activates macrophages that engulf antigens and natural killer cells (NK cells), a type of immune T-Cell.
  • Those cells are integral in the innate immune system.
  • The theory is, interferon may be able to make the immune system stronger by turning on dormant parts and directing them toward the defense against SARS-nCoV-2’s assault.
  • Drop in white blood cell levels,
  • liver problems, and
  • psychiatric issues.


An Explorer of the Infinite Multiverse . MS - Physics , Northeastern University.

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