People of color may be Immune to the Coronavirus because of Melanin

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(Cover Photo: Pavel Daryl Kem Senou recovering from Coronavirus in Chinese Hospital)

Pavel Daryl Kem Senou, a Cameroonian student in China “became the first African person known to be infected with the deadly coronavirus and the first to recover.” 

Some sources are claiming that Black and brown people resists the coronavirus because of superior genetics. Is there truth to this?

This claim started because the first African to be infected with the Coronavirus, Pavel Daryl Kem Senou, responded well to medical treatment, unlike thousands of others (non-africans) who contracted the virus and died soon after.

One of the first Cameroonian general information websites reports, reports, “The Chinese Embassy in Yaounde has announced that after receiving medical treatment, Pavel Daryl Kem Senou, Cameroonian student residing in China, recently infected with the Coronavirus pandemic is faring well.

Does this mean Africans skin can resist the Coronavirus?

The benefits of melanin (internal and external) must be considered when talking about black people resisting the coronavirus. Sure that young Cameroonian student received medical treatment which obviously aided in the recovery, but did his high levels of melanin help him avoid death?

A study done by The National Center of Biological Health shows that melanin levels in an organism may affect the ability to resist disease and viruses.

Once exposed to parasites, individuals often vary in their physiological ability to resist the infection either by killing or removing parasites. Melanin-based coloration could have several influences here.” 

The report goes on to say, ” melanin is tightly linked to the immune system, for instance, through pleiotropic effects of melanocortins that can bind to various receptors in the skin and in the immune cells. This could enable differently coloured individuals to mount different immune responses and limit parasite proliferation.

So although Africans and other black people may not be 100% resistant to the virus, melanin levels do play a significant factor in why Africans and other black people who have been exposed to the virus have not become infected or dead at least not at the same rate of people with lower levels of melanin.

What is the Coronavirus?

According to the World Health Organization (, “Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses found in both animals and humans. Some infect people and are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

61 thoughts on “People of color may be Immune to the Coronavirus because of Melanin”

      1. The lies that The Most High has leprosy should be a hard pill to swallow. . He made the Universe and some leper shows him in an image that cannot even stand in sunlight .. I KNOW HE’S PISSED . . .

      2. We’re all made in his image. However I believe what the TORAH says! Black people are his chosen. The apple of his eyes…

        1. Shalom..if anyone refuses the Torah he may as well tie d his neck and throw himself in a river…first bible written YAHUWAH commandments US TO NOT CHANGE ANYTHING HE WROTE IT THE WAY HE WANTED ..BUT SO have been changed tranitrated..he’s frist hes and he’s last. And he change not.. IT WRITTEN THAT HE ADOPTED JACOB. CHANGE HIS TO ISRAEL. AND THE 12 TRIBES OF ISRAEL IS JACOBS SONS… HE ONLY ADOPTED THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL..THE 12 TRIBES OF ISRAELI …Y’ALL NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE 12 TRIBES..TO UNDERSTAND WHO YOU ARE

      1. Obviously Balls is not ,awwww so sorry for you your people, maybe in the next life y’all can back Black,.IJS

    1. Don’t argue with the nay sayers. Don’t broadcast or brag— you know their jealous rages. Instead be glad and give GOD the glory, act like whose image you are made in. Stay away from the vulnerable moreso as much as possible on purpose and the INFECTOR, as much as possible. Don’t you dare feel bad about it.

      1. Well, the first thing that came to my mind when I read this article was damn they’re finally getting a break. Me being pale person for 69 years has participated in many civil rights actions. I’ve had to watch people of color and read stories from history that’s been uncovered displayed of all the Horrors but they’ve had to endure at the hands of pale people. I’ve cried many times after reading some of these horrific ordeals brought on to a people..that was kidnapped from a life and land of end up at the end of a whip or master..claiming to love God..yet hurt a sector of HIS design of the human family.
        So Yes.. I do feel happy they’re catching a break..BECAUSE OF THE MELOTIN..I don’t wish this corona virus on anyone.. Except maybe pedophiles and RACISTS!

        1. Carolyn Brinson, Well said, I was saying and thinking the same ,it’s about time ,they got a break!l think that is awesome, maybe the darker the skin the more protection! Unfortunately I am Lily white, just trying to stay away from crowded places!

        2. Love you man. We should chat. Your a living moument. But when you learn a little bit more of whats “down the rabbit hole” you’ll be even more enlightened. Then also realize that you too (“whites”) have been dooped.

        3. Youre a good person, there are many but more that hate.i heard about a study on Rats they starved the trying to get them to turn on each other for food and they didnt.
          Animals we have such low regard for showed more love and compassion than the creatures that suppose to be a image of the Most High God 🙄😳😑

        4. I am a black child of God and I’m applauding you for the wonderful words you just spoke person of pale skin 🙏🏽

    2. I think it might be something to that cause we hardly age either and we have good genes I wouldn’t go try to catch the virus but it’s something to think about

    3. For kicks, read up on melanin, the chemical that tells other chemicals and send instruction for proteins etc etc. Talk to a biologist about it. As a person walking in these shoes. It was amazing to lesrn about me and the function of melanin.

      Its really not dumb when you gets some context, so that you can have some contrast.

  1. Thanks for the article.

    Because certain people of coastal West Africa were much more immune from malaria, than other Africans, they were enslaved and worked on the malaria-infested coastal islands of South Carolina and other southeastern states. They came to be called the Gullah people and, because their white slave holders could not survive on the islands, their DNA and their tolerance remained pure.

    And, because the human race first evolved in Africa, these original people would have had more time to develop certain immunities.

    So, it is certainly possible that all, or more likely that certain Africans may have developed other immunities, including one for the coronavirus.

    However, that immunity may not be because of melanin, but because of a tolerance being acquired, over many years, by generations of survivors of various diseases.

    1. The specific version of THIS corona virus has never been catalogued. So the antibodies needed to fight the virus are unlikely to be present. I do agree that it has nothing to do with melanin though.

  2. Been saying this.Nobody believed me.White people dont want to hear this.Its a superoir genetic code that us original people have.Dont hate white people.If it wasnt for us yall wouldnt be here and thats real talk 100.We cant help who we are.Stop the hatin

    1. Right! I keep trying to tell the ones I work with black PEOPLE are not the minority u white people are every other race has color to their skin.

    2. You mean pale skin because white people are mixed with some of everything that is the only race that is not full blooded imagine that

  3. MELANIN.. that is all!!! 🤪🙃😍🥰😘🤟🏾🤞🏿🤜🏾👍🏾👩🏾‍🦱🧑🏾‍🦳👳🏾‍♀️👨🏾‍🦳🧕🏾👩🏾‍⚕️👨🏽‍🎤👨🏿‍🎓🧑🏾‍💼🦹🏾‍♀️🦸🏾‍♂️🦹🏾‍♂️🧛🏾‍♀️🧝🏾‍♂️🤷🏾🤷🏾‍♀️🖕🏾

  4. When you don’t need pics to see what color a person is, cause you can tell by the hating axz comments #melaninpoppin #dontgetmadgetgladlock #oooohgottabequickerthanthat #🤣🤣🤣

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