VACCINE OR ANTIBODY? VANDERBILT COSBY STONE VOICE IMMUNOLOGIST
Conditions treated by immunologists
Immunologists work with the following types of medical problems:
Monoclonal Antibodies for COVID Treatment:
Several people have recently asked me if I think monoclonal antibodies are a good therapy for people with COVID.
These antibodies are the same ones your own body makes when you get vaccinated against COVID. They have just been made in a laboratory.
If you know that your body is at high risk of being invaded by a virus, it is much better to set up the machine guns with antibodies (vaccine) beforehand than to hope to be able to remove them in time when the virus is already on a site. blitzkrieg (Antibody therapies and other COVID treatments.) Plus, the vaccine also trains other crucial parts of your immune system, like the T cells that will go cell-to-cell and burn off the virus with flamethrowers.
I would much prefer that we all slaughter COVID on the beaches of our noses and throats, with our own antibodies backed by our own T cells trained and ready with their heavy weapons. Being protected against the virus with a vaccine will keep you from getting sicker, and that’s much better than letting the virus run through our bodies and hoping that we can borrow enough antibodies from elsewhere in time to save ourselves.
Again, don’t disrespect therapies (they’re helpful), but we really wouldn’t need them very often if we were all immune to COVID.