Scientists are testing whether the measles vaccine — the controversial MMR — might help ease the effects of coronavirus infection – and help explain why most children only develop mild cases of the illness:
Tulane University researchers noticed high rates of sepsis – an immune overreaction to infection – in coronavirus patients in China.
Coupled with their research on sepsis in mice vaccinated against measles, they suspect that the shot might help combat the out-of-control inflammatory immune response that ultimately kills many coronavirus patients.
…And if their theory proves true, it may be that their relatively recent vaccination against viruses like measles has helped to protect most children from becoming severely ill from coronavirus.
Vaccines like the MMR – measles, mumps and rubella – shot work by introducing the body to a considerably weakened version of a virus (or viruses) in order to teach the immune system to fight it off.
It doesn’t contain enough virus to cause actual infection, but rather prepares the body to respond when the real, more potent virus is is present.
And it may be that when the body is primed to respond to an infection, there is less risk that the immune system will become overactive.
In coronavirus patients, the totally foreign virus, for which we don’t have antibodies, sends the body into a kind of panic mode.
Proteins called cytokines sound the alarm, or signal for a response.
But when the immune system keeps trying and failing to fight the infection, the alarms keep sounding and the immune system keeps sending more cells to fight infection, causing out-of-control inflammation seen in many patients who succumb to COVID-19.
This multi-system inflammation is known as sepsis.
Dr Mairri Noverr at Tulane University thinks that the MMR or tuberculosis vaccine could combat sepsis.
‘We’ve seen these vaccines cause an immune response that controls inflammation,’ she says.
‘Live attenuated vaccines have all these nonspecific benefits, and, while this wouldn’t be an immune response against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, it could tone down the inflammation directly associated with COVID-19 mortality.’
…When she induced sepsis in mice, they all died in 48 hours….But when she and her team inoculated mice with the MMR vaccine, then induced sepsis, they were untouched by the otherwise catastrophic illness.
In various studies of coronavirus patients, anywhere from 50 percent to 100 of critically ill patients have developed sepsis, and it’s commonly a cause of death.
So Dr Noverr and her team speculate that even if it doesn’t directly prevent coronavirus infection, MMR or tuberculosis vaccines might offer some semblance of the protection they gave mice against sepsis to people….
The MMR and tuberculosis shots will have to be tested in animals with coronavirus, but the researchers are pushing for trials of these in the hopes they could eventually be used like ‘immune boosters’ for frontline workers as they continue to battle the pandemic.
Something like 85% of people who allegedly died from COVID-19 infections had pre-existing and life-threatening conditions — which would have killed them anyway.
Those pre-existing conditions all contribute to a state of sepsis, especially in the elderly — the average age of people who died allegedly of COVID-19 were over 80 years old.
System-wide inflammation is common to many chronic illnesses that the elderly suffer from — and it’s a leading contributor to their ultimate cause of death.
To suggest that this state of sepsis can be blamed solely or mostly on a new COVID-19 infection is fundamental leap in logic and scientifically untenable — but then again, nothing about COVID-19 is based on logic or science.
And one of the known and common side effects of the controversial MMR vaccine is inflammation — not just local at the injection site but also systemic — including inflammation of the brain, one of the early signs of autism.
The reasons children aren’t developing life-threatening cases of COVID-19 are that they are young, their immune systems are strong, and they don’t already have life-threatening pre-existing conditions like the vast majority of patients it allegedly “kills”.
And if parents now rush out and get their children vaccinated — or revaccinated — with the MMR thinking that it will protect them from COVID-19, they may just end up with a child with autism, some other severe neurological disorder– or even death.