Is Coronavirus a Cause of Autism?
Coronavirus is the most common viral infection suffered by humans. It can also affect animals and is particularly common in young children. Coronavirus is the name of the genus, Coronavirus, which is found across the world. The common symptoms associated with this condition include high fever, skin rash, headache, muscle aches and fatigue. Children may also have respiratory distress as a result of the infection.
Since it is still unclear what causes Coronavirus, researchers have been looking for effective ways to protect humans and animals from this disease. A team of international scientists led by Professor Peter K. R. Quenheim at the University of Virginia College of Medicine have recently conducted several experiments with the goal of finding the answer to the question “Is Coronavirus a Cause of Autism?”. Using a vaccine based on a strain of wild virus which was shown to cause higher rates of autism in mice, they have succeeded in identifying a possible Coronavirus vaccine.
Quenheim and his team found that the vaccine they developed was able to prevent mice from being infected with Coronavirus while at the same time inducing protective antibodies in the mice which helped them to protect against all forms of illness other than SARS-coV-2, which is the Coronavirus commonly associated with this condition. This is the first evidence that suggests that vaccines may help prevent or significantly reduce the impact of Coronavirus on animals. Though these studies have not proven that vaccination may stop or slow down the progression of this illness, Quenheim and his colleagues have shown that vaccination may help to protect the animals from one of the most common complications of Coronavirus, which is death from SARS. Although this is good news for the families of animals that experience this complication, it remains unclear as to whether the vaccine will also protect humans who come into contact with contaminated animals. Furthermore, since most SARS cases occur in households, and since household animals are often regularly handled, this new addition to the immunology arsenal may be hard to control and make effective in the long run.