DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Studies show both hybrid immunity and superhuman immunity are ways in which our bodies may have extra fighting power against COVID-19.
Experts say theyâve heard the terms used interchangeably, but theyâre a little bit different.READ MORE: Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Received Funding For A High Visibility Enforcement Initiative
Hybrid immunity, is when someone has had COVID-19 and the vaccine.
It provides people with antibodies from both.
Superhuman immunity starts off the same way, but that some people with particular genetics can develop even more immunity.
âThere are some of us that have this super ability to be able to recover from infections, COVID being one of them, a little better than the general population,â said Archana Narayan, and Immunologist with North Texas Allergy & Asthma Associates.
Experts say itâs a rare phenomenon.READ MORE: Polk County School Cafeteria Worker Arrested for Murdering Boyfriend
âItâs a descriptive term for an individual to generate very high amounts of neutralizing antibodies,â Dr. Mohanakrishnan Sathyamoorthy, Chair of Internal Medicine, Texas Christian University and the University of North Texas Health Science Center.
Studies show that some folks may have hit the genetic jackpot, meaning their bodies can develop very high levels antibodies that neutralize the virus.
They are also capable of fighting off present and future variants of COVID-19.
They say thereâs no specific clinical test you can take to determine if someone has super human immunity, other than a regular antibody test to assess one’s general immunity, if recommended by a doctor.
Other than that, they say the best bet is to get the COVID-19 vaccine.MORE NEWS: Man Taken Into Custody After Barricading Himself Inside His Home
âIf youâve been infected then you can take comfort in knowing on top of that infection, you can boost your immune response with a vaccine. You can create a level of immune response thatâs remarkable,â Dr. Mohanakrishnan said.