AN intriguing new study has revealed that a hormone called COVID-19 has the ability to cause people to significantly reduce their risk of the deadly strain of virus that causes polio.

CVID-19 was studied in monkeys who have been spared polio from the dangerous virus for the first time in a decade after trying a second vaccine.

Getty Images 1 Lead researcher Dr Susan Albright shows the COVID-19 gene in a handout

And they reported a significant decrease in the risk of polio disease even after researchers took a closer look at how the gene’s activity was regulated.

They studied how COVID-19 affects the development of behavioural traits and key immune cells.

They found that the protein could direct the body’s immune system to develop specific antibody-building products called cytotoxic T cells.

Dr Susan Albright, of the University of California, San Francisco, said: “While there is much work to be done to determine how this amounts to a therapeutic response, we think this is interesting, something we can certainly pay more attention to in the future.”

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There are still around 19 million people in the world living with polio.

The exact cause of the virus is unknown, but poliovirus poises in vital immunisation routes as antibodies created by our body are linked to the body’s immunity to the virus.

Dr Albright added: “It’s not clear exactly why this virus is causing paralysis.

“In the first vaccine, we found a distinct rise in immune-producing T cells, signalling by the proteins TMB and CMB, that we believe are safe to watch.

“There’s more work to be done to understand this.”