What The Heck Is An Immune System & How Can You Make Yours Stronger

 So, let’s talk about the most popular subject of 2020. Tiger King. Did Carole really feed her husband to tigers? Just kidding, this blog is about COVID – 19. But it will have a different perspective.

            Ever since March, you heard the same things… “wear a mask”, “stay away from crowds”, “quarantine yourself”, “wash your hands”. You know what you don’t hear? How make your immune system stronger? Isn’t that interesting. Doctors can’t make much money off healthy people, but I’m sure there is more to it, like what is an immune system anyways? We hear this term often but how many of know what it truly is.

Side note: As I am writing this, corona has affected 18 million humans, which is the same amount of city proper populations of New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and Dallas. Which is also equal to the population of Delhi. 

From the 60s to the 30s, here's are some of the top cities population may be. Imagine if there is another pandemic in 2030? Yikes.

            Welcome to Anatomy and Physiology 101, I’m your professor, Dr.BringtheStoke (not an actual doctor, my answers are a collective Google searches narrowed down to a simple answer). Today’s class is about your immune system. This system is a complex network that plays a very defensive role in your body. It’s found on the skin, bone marrow, the bloodstream and so many more places. Picture those prison guards you see in movies, standing in those tall spotlights making sure nobody escapes, but in this case, the guards – your immune system – are looking out for any intruders, such as, bacteria, viruses, parasites, and diseases. If an intruder is spotted, your immune system attacks. You are sick with the common cold? Your I.S got you!

            Your immune system consists of white blood cells, leukocytes, they are patrol officers making sure the bad people aren’t here. If they do find an enemy, they will send out signals and start to multiply. You have two types of leukocytes, phagocytes and lymphocytes. The first leukocyte will surround and absorb pathogens and breaking them down, basically eating them. Yum! Then you have lymphocytes are basically secretaries. They go into the filing cabinets (of your body) and sees if you had this previous invader and will recognize them if they come back. But wait! There is more. You can break down lymphocytes even more. B lymphocytes are the ones that spot the antibody generators and start to hide antibodies. Each B cell makes one specific antibody. One may recognize the common cold while the other may recognize pneumonia. Then you have two types of T lymphocytes. One of which are the helper T cells which coordinate how the I.S will respond. Then my personal favorite, the KILLER T CELLS, what a cool name. You can figure out the job of these cells. They fight against the virus or whatever.

            What happens when it’s your immune system versus the newest kid on the block, COVID – 19? COVID – 19, a.k.a (co)rona (vi)rus (d)ease which was first reported in 20(19). Isn’t that a fancy acronym? According to Dr. Adrian Hayday (King’s College London), says that the body is confused. There is too much chaos in the body. He compared to a real-life scenario, “it’s like Usain Bolt hearing the starting gun and starting to run, then someone keeps firing the starting gun over and over. What would he do? He’d stop, confused and disoriented”. Why is the body so disoriented? In most covid-19 patients, researchers have found that there was increase of IP10, a molecule which sends T cells to wherever they are needed. The problem is that, they suspect, the body is signaling these T cells at random times which leads to miscommunication and a confusing response by the immune system, causing them to die therefore the body’s backup soldiers are becoming less and less.

            The reason why older people, usually over 40, are being targeted is due to the thymus gland, located in the middle of the chest near the bottom of neck. This is where your T cells are made. It’s a T cell factory, but as you get older and slower, so does your T cell generator.

So, let’s recall what we just went over. T cells tell you how to respond and also kill the virus. COVID – 19 confuses your T cells and your body produces them randomly. People over 40 have trouble making T Cells. Got it? Good.

Symptoms of corona vary. I’ll just list them off:

  • Chills
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Body aches
  • Lost sense of taste
  • Lost sense of smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Sore throat

(((please see a doctor ASAP if you feel any of the symptoms listed above)

Terrible. Thankfully, we know how to make our immune system stronger! Sadly, we do things that don’t make our I.S the best it can be.

Did you know water can help! Do you know that you probably don’t drink enough water throughout the day. Mayo Clinic suggest that you should drink 11 to 16 cups of water per day, depending on your gender. 1 gallon = 16 cups.

We are sleep deprived. Get your rest. Give your body a fighting chance!

Be positive.

Vent to your friends. Get it out of your body!

Prevention.com actually suggests that carrying your own pen can help you out. Think about how many times you touch a pen that’s been used by strangers and don’t get washed. The bank. Doctors, delivery guy, restaurants, etc.

Exercise! Try it out, only 30 minutes a day can be beneficial. Since everyone likes percentages, that’s only 2% of your day! Also, hello sunshine!

Find something that makes you laugh. Loma Linda University School of Medicine found that healthy adults who watched a funny video for an hour had a significant increase in immune system activity.

I hope you took away something from this blog. I sure learned a lot. Please be careful out there. Wear your mask (and everything else I suggested) and remember, please be kind to one another.

Thanks for reading.


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