Hi everyone! I wanted to see what you guys think of the situation where our cd57 is low, below normal, what are our chances of surviving this virus? I don’t get sick at all. I normally got a few colds per years but now that I’m sick with Lyme, I don’t get any colds at all. There were just a few months where my cd57 rose to around 100 and I started getting colds and it would take 2 months to get over it. Then my numbers ranked again below normal and no more colds the past couple years. Wonder how my body would respond if I got Corona? What happens to the viruses we get and don’t fight off? Just something I’ve been thinking about...
nobody knows. i was actually searching this forum for lyme fellows sick with coronavirus, just to see get some insight. I guess there are none so far, but there will be soon.
it is hard to tell, our immune systems are ... imbalanced. i dont think we are 'normal humans' in terms of immune response. this might explain why we dont develop colds that easily. i read in a paper once that lyme puts our innate immune response in overdrive and makes the adaptive one less efficient.
these viruses rely on some type of default human being to infect. if your innate immune response (the one that u have before specific antibodies develop - usually involves a lot of inflammation) is always on, this may not provide good grounds for easily enter and infect cells..... or ... it may be that the virus can get to us easier and we get serious disease more easily. there is no way to tell.
But i will be an optimist and lean towards the first hypothesis: For example, there is evidence that untreated MS (which sometimes is very similar with chronic lyme disease) patients have lower cancer risk than normal people (especially if u do not take immune suppressing medication). https://n.neurology.org/content/72/13/1170https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fimmu.2019.02954/full/https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27919487https://doi.org/10.1007/bf00313623
"Results: With an average of 35 years of follow-up, there was a decreased overall cancer risk among patients with MS (hazard ratio = 0.91, 0.87–0.95). Increased risks were observed for brain tumors (1.44, 1.21–1.72) and urinary organ cancer (1.27, 1.05–1.53). Parents of patients with MS did not have a notably increased or decreased overall cancer risk.
Conclusions: The reduction in cancer risk in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) may result from behavioral change, treatment, or we speculate that some immunologic characteristics of MS disease activity improve antitumor surveillance.
The lack of association among parents indicates that a simple inherited characteristic is unlikely to explain the reduced cancer risk among patients with MS. MS is associated with increased risk for some cancers, such as of urinary organs and brain tumors (although surveillance bias may be responsible)."
this is probably because of the same reason, an always on immune system , has a huge disadvantage of destroying tissues but also has a small advantage because your cancer cells are more easily found and killed. maybe other bacteria/viruses too !
i dont want to say that we are certainly less prone to infection by covid. we may be in a hi risk group, so please protect yourself !! there is simply no way to know until some people here will sadly get sick of covid and luckily survive go back and tell us. I sure hope none of you get sick ! But if u do and recover, please come back and tell us