Autoantibodies may cause medical conditions in Covid-19 patients long after the virus itself has been beaten

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Antibodies are proteins that are released by cells of the immune system. They disable viruses by latching on to their surface proteins and preventing them gaining access to the body’s cells

Surface

proteins

Antibody

Virus

Virus

Body cell

infected

Infection

blocked

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Autoantibodies are antibodies that attack the body’s proteins by mistake and disrupt their normal function. These proteins may be a part of organs, immune defences, or crucial signalling

Immune

cells attacked

Antibodies that attack a virus can ‘cross react’ and also attack human tissue

1

Antibodies are proteins that are released by cells of the immune system. They disable viruses by latching on to their surface proteins and preventing them gaining access to the body’s cells

2

Autoantibodies are antibodies that attack the body’s proteins by mistake and disrupt their normal function. These proteins may be a part of organs, immune defences, or crucial signalling

Surface

proteins

Antibody

Virus

Virus

Immune

cells attacked

Antibodies that attack a virus can ‘cross react’ and also attack human tissue

Body cell

infected

Infection

blocked