COVID-19 is a new and insidious disease that has yet to be fully understood. In some, it proceeds without any symptoms, in others it causes severe pneumonia, and some people do not become infected at all, even if they come into contact with patients. Because of this, doctors and scientists place a special emphasis on the work of the immune system, trying to identify the connection between the state of the body and the risks of infection, a severe course of the disease. Let’s understand the information that is already known today.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO DEVELOP IMMUNITY AGAINST CORONAVIRUS
The main question is whether those who have recovered from the coronavirus get immunity or not. But there is no definite answer yet. It is only known for certain that, indeed, some people who have had Covid-19 have developed a stable immune system. The same results were obtained by scientists at the Beth Israel Medical Center, who conducted experiments on macaques. Part of the animals after the disease turned out to be maximally protected from re-infection.
But, in the world, cases of re-infection are repeatedly recorded. Doctors and scientists associate them with the following factors:
The body receives a higher dose of the causative agent of the disease;
A weak response of the immune system to a past illness due to the presence of chronic diseases;
Infection with another subspecies of coronavirus infection;
Immunity to COVID-19 is temporary and disappears after a few months.
So you can answer the question of whether those who have recovered from the coronavirus receive immunity – yes, but not all. Nor is there any certainty that the immune response will be permanent. Therefore, there is a risk of getting sick again.
SOME PEOPLE’S BODY WAS RESISTANT TO CORONAVIRUS IN ADVANCE – TRUE OR FALSE
Specific protection against any pathogen can be obtained when the body overcomes it and produces antibodies. But given the fact that COVID-19 sometimes proceeds without any symptoms, it turns out to be extremely difficult to study it. For example, if antibodies to coronavirus infection are detected in a person’s blood, but in the past he did not have characteristic symptoms, then it will not be possible to say for sure whether a particular person has acquired specific protection against infection after an illness with a latent course, or it has always been. Although, in the body of every person there are antibodies that resist various kinds of pathogens. The only difference is their number and activity.
When it comes to the fact that some people received immunity from the coronavirus in advance, this implies local immunity. The mucous membranes of these individuals contain a large amount of secretory immunoglobulin’s, which simply prevent the infection from penetrating further into the body and developing there. They destroy the pathogen immediately after contact with the mucous membranes. This explains the fact that many people who have been in contact with patients with Covid-19 did not eventually become infected. But secretory immunoglobulins will protect an adult, a child and other infections transmitted by airborne droplets.
METHODS FOR STRENGTHENING THE IMMUNE SYSTEM IN PANDEMIA
Speaking about how to increase immunity in case of coronavirus, first of all, you need to tackle its local species. It is the condition of the mucous membranes that largely determines the risks of infection. Therefore, it is important to adhere to simple rules:
Drink enough fluids to prevent drying out of the mucous membranes;
Humidify the air in the room so that it is not too dry. Optimum humidity is about 50%;
Maintain the air temperature at around 20 degrees.
Of course, speaking about how to get immunity to coronavirus, you need to remember about the general strengthening of the body:
• Lead an active lifestyle, as far as possible in a given environment;
• Carry out wet cleaning in the room, regularly ventilate the rooms;
• To ensure for yourself a full and healthy sleep;
• Try to avoid stress, get more positive emotions;
• Eat right, eat quality foods.
This will not give guaranteed protection against infection, but it will improve the functioning of the immune system, strengthen the body, and therefore reduce the likelihood of infection or a severe course of the disease, if it does happen.
PRODUCTS FOR INCREASING RESISTANCE OF THE BODY
Until now, information is being spread on social networks and other sources that there are products that increase immunity in case of coronavirus. These include most often:
• Onions, garlic, ginger – known as good antiviral agents;
• Beef, veal, seafood and eggs – contain a fairly large amount of zinc, which has a positive effect on the state of the immune system;
• Seeds, almonds – contain vitamin E, which helps the body fight stress, etc.
Immediately, we note that no product will provide reliable protection against COVID-19. The bottom line is different – a person must eat properly and fully in order to provide the body with all the vitamins, micro- and microelements it needs.