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Why is covid more dangerous for the elderly than for the young



As scientists from Brown University (USA) note, older people are more likely to be infected with COVID-19, not only because of weakened immunity and the presence of chronic diseases. Another reason is chitinase-3-like protein 1, which is produced in the kidneys, liver, brain, and cells of human blood vessels. It turned out that the more such proteins in the body, the easier the coronavirus enters the body, since this protein “stimulates the expression of the receptors needed by the virus.”

But microbiologists have already developed special substances – antibodies that can neutralize these proteins. Clinical trials have already been conducted to prove their effectiveness. According to the researchers, such antibodies will ease the course of COVID-19 and help prevent infection.

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