Saudi scientists say people already infected with “camel herpes” may be immuned to Covid-19

Saudi Well being authorities have introduced a attainable breakthrough within the improvement of a remedy for the Covid-19, saying that individuals already contaminated with the well-known Camel Herpes virus may very well be proof against the pandemic.

The Arab kingdom has reported barely 1100 circumstances because the starting of the pandemics regardless of permitting non secular pilgrimages to proceed till just lately.

In line with the nation’s well being authorities, these surprisingly low numbers may very well be linked by the widespread Camel Herpes Simplex Virus 1 (HSV-Ag1) which afflicts 17% of the dominion’s inhabitants.

Docs have noticed that this virus appears to combat the Covid-19 virus and provides contaminated folks a type of pure immunity, even when immediately uncovered to the virus.

Saudi Well being Minister, Dr. Tawfig AlRabiah, says medical doctors all through the dominion have been reporting that a number of sufferers contaminated with the Covid-19 had immediately uncovered their households to the virus, however had contaminated solely these not already contaminated by the HSV-Ag1.

“We have now obtained a number of studies of households solely partially contaminated by the Covid-19, and in all circumstances, those that have been spared have been these already contaminated with Camel Herpes.”

In line with Dr. AlRabiah, additional scientific research must be completed to find out if this might result in a attainable treatment or vaccine for the Covid-19 virus.

“We may most likely get an actual vaccine in a yr or two, however it could be a lot quicker to offer Camel Herpes to 50% or 75% of the world’s inhabitants to guard them. It’s a minor illness, in spite of everything, it principally causes itching and occasional genital rashes.”

The Camel Herpes Simplex viruses 1 is rampant in Saudi Arabia and neighboring international locations of the Arab peninsula. The proportion of the inhabitants formally contaminated by the virus is 11% in Kuwait, 13% in Qatar and 16% in Yemen.

The Saudi Well being Ministry introduced an funding of two Billion Riyal (USD 530 million) in analysis to investigate the effectivity of the HSV-Ag1 virus in preventing the Covid-19 and discover attainable medical purposes.

In line with specialists, this may very well be a promising concept for an eventual treatment, however a number of different international locations and pharmaceutical corporations are already exploring different extra promising attainable therapies.

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