Had covid but never felt sick? Scientists think they have finally cracked the secret of ‘super-dodgers’

 Had covid but never felt sick?  Scientists think they have finally cracked the secret of 'super-dodgers'

Steph Grant with her partner James Cruickshank

Steph Grant, 29, Sydney

When Steph Grant’s boyfriend tested positive for Covid last year, she assumed he was next.

The 29-year-old and her partner James Cruickshank live together in a rented apartment in Sydney.

But months later Ms Grant, 29, who admits she catches colds easily, is still Covid-free.

Ms Grant is not alone in wondering why she has avoided the much-feared virus.

Lisa Stockwell, 34, Somerset

Frontline worker Lisa Stockwell, a 34-year-old nurse from Somerset, worked in A&E and for much of 2020 in a ‘hot’ admission unit where Covid-infected patients were first assessed.

Naseem Faroughi (pictured), 46, a cardiac research nurse at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in central London, underwent antibody tests which found no signs of ever having the virus in his system.

In late 2021, she signed on with a nursing agency, which allocated her daily shifts almost exclusively to Covid wards.

Colleagues working alongside him ‘dropped like flies’ at various points throughout the pandemic.

Her loved ones also contracted the virus and she shared a bed with her husband while he was sick with the virus for two weeks.

But he said: ‘I haven’t gotten worse at all, and my antibody test, which I took at the end of 2020, before I was vaccinated, was negative.

‘I expected a positive test at some stage, but it didn’t come. I don’t know if I have a very strong immune system, but I’m grateful not to get sick.’

She added: ‘My husband has been ill for two weeks with a high temperature which has left him delirious. He was really bad but refused to go to the hospital.

‘I never caught him sharing a bed.’

Michelle Daisley, 43, London

Michelle Daisley, a financial services consultant in London, believes she has avoided catching the virus – despite her family falling ill with Covid.

He told HuffPost: ‘Because of my repeated exposure to Covid, it’s definitely because of my immune system (and being vaccinated).

‘When my boys (then 2 and 5) had it, it was impossible to tell them apart; In fact they were both constantly coughing in my mouth so I gave up trying to take any precautions, and I still haven’t got it.’

Mrs Desley added: ‘I don’t have any risk factors so I’ve never been particularly worried about catching Covid myself, but seeing my husband get quite ill I’m glad I seem to be immune.’

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