When pathogens get past those preliminary defenses, your body mounts an immune response. Your innate immune system responds first and employs several types of cells and molecules to fight off pathogens, each with their own jobs.
Unlike bacteria and fungi, viruses exist in a gray area between “living” and “non-living” because of the way they are structured and how they reproduce. As we face down the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to understand not only how viruses work, but how our immune system responds.
Did you know that every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood? But, only 3% of age-eligible people donate blood annually. Donating blood is essential to community health and the need for blood is constant. One donation can potentially save up to three lives.
The world at large is having to abide by social distancing orders amidst COVID-19, which is something that individuals with CF have been experiencing to some degree for much of their lives to protect their health.