Our search for a cure for covid-19, or at least an effective preventive measure, has led us far and wide. While scientists are testing hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug, and steroids in the hopes of saving critically-ill covid-19 patients—major health organizations and pharma companies all over the world are competing with each other to launch the first vaccine.
And in this race, another contender has emerged: the MMR vaccine which is administered to infants to eliminate their chances of getting measles, mumps, and rubella.
What’s the link between MMR and covid-19?
According to researchers at Louisiana State University in the US, the MMR vaccine can serve as a preventive measure against severe complications of covid-19.
American researchers, whose findings were published in the journal mBio, claim that the MMR vaccine can help healthcare workers working at the covid-19 frontline safeguard themselves from the infection.
While the MMR vaccine might not make you covid-19 proof, researchers believe that it can lessen the severity of covid-19 complications. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
They believe that attenuated vaccines like the MMR vaccine, which contain a weakened form of the pathogen that causes the disease, not just prevents infections caused by that particular virus—but can also strengthen the body’s response to unrelated future infections like covid-19.
“In direct support of this concept, it was recently reported that the milder symptoms seen in the 955 sailors on the U.S.S. Roosevelt who tested positive for COVID-19 may have been a consequence of the fact that MMR vaccinations are given to all U.S. Navy recruits,” the scientists wrote in the study.
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