Scientists Examine Kids' Unique Immune Systems as More Fall Victim to Covid

Betsy Herold, M.D., describes children's strong mucosal immune defenses in the nose and throat, which launch swift and potent attacks against the coronavirus, usually preventing serious cases of COVID-19. Dr. Herold is chief of infectious diseases and vice chair for research in the department of pediatrics at Einstein and Children's Hospital at Montefiore and the Harold and Muriel Block Chair in Pediatrics at Einstein.


Kids and COVID: Why Young Immune Systems are Still on Top

Betsy Herold, M.D. comments on her study that found children mount a stronger innate immune response to COVID-19 compared to adults, which helps them eliminate the virus' threat. Dr. Herold is chief of infectious diseases and vice chair for research in the department of pediatrics at Einstein and Children's Hospital at Montefiore and the Harold and Muriel Block Chair in Pediatrics at Einstein.


Why Do Children Fare Better Than Adults Against COVID-19?

Betsy Herold, M.D., comments on her study establishing, for the first time, that children mount a stronger innate immune response than adults to the virus that causes COVID-19. Dr. Herold is chief of pediatric infectious diseases and vice chair for pediatrics research at Einstein and Children's Hospital at Montefiore and the Harold and Muriel Block Chair in Pediatrics at Einstein.

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How Do Children Fight Off the Coronavirus?

Betsy Herold, M.D., describes her new research that may help explain why the novel coronavirus affects children less severely than adults. Dr. Herold is chief of pediatric infectious diseases and vice chair for pediatrics research at Einstein and Montefiore and the Harold and Muriel Block Chair in Pediatrics.

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Science News interviews Betsy Herold, M.D., about her new research with William Jacobs, Jr., Ph.D., on an experimental herpes vaccine. Dr. Herold explains that their novel approach was to silence the loud, or dominant, surface protein on the virus in order to use the other proteins to trigger an effective immune response. Dr. Herold holds the Harold and Muriel Block Chair in Pediatrics at Einstein and is the chief of the division of pediatric infectious diseases at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore and Einstein. Dr. Jacobs is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and the Leo and Julia Forchheimer Chair in Microbiology & Immunology at Einstein.