DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Studies show that both hybrid immunity and superhuman immunity are ways our bodies can have extra fighting power against COVID-19.
Experts say they’ve heard the terms used interchangeably, but they’re a little different.
Hybrid immunity is when someone has COVID-19 and its vaccine.
It provides humans with antibodies from both.
Superhuman immunity starts the same way, but some people with certain genetics can develop even more immunity.
“Some of us have this super-ability to recover from infections, COVID is one of them, slightly better than the general population,” said Archana Narayan, Immunologist with Archana Narayan and North Texas Allergy & Asthma Associates.
Experts say this is a rare phenomenon.
Head of Internal Medicine at Texas Christian University and University of North Texas Health Sciences Center, Dr. Mohanakrishnan Sathyamoorthy, “It is a descriptive term for an individual to produce very high amounts of neutralizing antibodies”.
Studies show that some people may have hit the genetic jackpot, meaning their bodies may develop very high levels of antibodies that neutralize the virus.
They also have the ability to fight current and future variants of COVID-19.
They say there’s no specific clinical test you can do to assess someone’s overall immunity, other than a normal antibody test if recommended by a doctor, to determine if someone has superhuman immunity.
Other than that, they say the best bet is to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
“If you’re infected, then you can be comfortable knowing about this infection, you can boost your immune response with a vaccine. You can generate a remarkable level of immune response,” said Dr. Mohanakrishnan.