Restaurants are following cleaning and sanitizing recommendations, so I felt safe sitting in our socially distanced booth.
Ordinarily, our immune system protects us from viruses, bacteria and other “germs.” Our immune system acts similarly to the old video arcade “Pac Man” game, gobbling anything in its path around a maze.
Unfortunately, COVID-19 is a “novel” (new) virus. Our body does not have the defenses in place without a vaccination.
As the cold and flu season approaches and the pandemic continues, we can take steps to strengthen our immune system.
The immune system is highly complex. It includes specialized cells known as white blood cells, which prevent or limit infection in our bodies. Immune cells are made in the bone marrow, and the thymus organ in the upper chest helps immune cells mature.
Lymph nodes store white blood cells and release them in the bloodstream, where they can trap infectious germs. The spleen, an organ behind the stomach, also plays a role in immunity.
Once your body fights off a germ, your immune system remembers it so the next time the same germ enters your body, your immune system can resist it.
Without a vaccine for COVID-19, can we do anything lifestyle-wise? Follow your health-care provider’s recommendations and consider these tips.