Covid-19 is a scary, unpredictable global outbreak. Some people recover, and a few people – it destroys the lungs. We’ve seen it is not merely seniors and people with pre-existing health conditions that succumb to the vírus. Is there a chance for this horrifying outbreak and for future international viral attacks – can we do more to protect ourselves? Let’s take a look at immune function.
Our adaptive immunity, the body identifies a threat, and we produce antibodies specifically designed to that threat. The threat is neutralized, and the adaptive immune system “remembers” it, so hopefully potential answers to the identical threat will also be neutralized. We often hear people talk about “strengthening our immune system”. There’s really a obscene number of supplements that claim to do that. What we really want is a balanced immune system.
When out of balance, the immune system not only fails to protect us, but it could also turn against us, mistaking our cells for invading pathogens (nasties), leading to debilitating chronic inflammation and autoimmune diseases. Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, alergias are examples of autoimmune responses. COVID-19 is an illness caused by a coronavirus. Human coronaviruses are common and are generally associated with mild illnesses, much like the common cold.
Let’s understand it
I’ve printed many articles here on ezines about oxidative stress and inflammation. Please consult with people for more background here. Yes, Covid-19 is brand new to us. It’s the inflammatory response of the immune system which presents grave danger. Research form the University of Melbourne is showing us “a strong immune response across different cell types was correlated with clinical recovery”.
Balanced immune response appears to be the key in people who recover. Science now describes something called a cytokine storm. Albeit still under a terrific debate, a cytokine storm is an over active immune response and inflammatory reactions from control. An uncontrolled release of proinflammatory cytokines. Doctors and researchers are becoming more and more convinced that in at least some instances of Covid-19, the body’s own immune system is overreacting to the virus using a cytokine storm.
The immune system has an intense response that causes more damage than the virus itself. Some physicians are now using powerful anti-inflammatory drugs to fight the virus. There are a thousands of posts, featuring hundreds of research on the diseases associated with chronic inflammation. It appears, that our survival of Covid-19, or our passing, is connected as other ailments to immune response and chronic inflammation. Research on Covid-19 is extremely recent.
The whole planet has set other study on hold, scrambling to save lives. There’s so much we don’t understand, however, we don’t have the luxury of time. Most of us must do our best to protect ourselves, and most of us have a social responsibility to do our utmost to stop the spread of this pandemic. Again, lots people think we are selecting a healthy lifestyle, but we’re now raising our levels of oxidative stress, which may result in chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation and those cytokine storms, are connected with chronic diseases, and death as study deepens. The study is suggesting Covid-19 is no exception.