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COVID-19 Highlights

Certain features have been elucidated about the tendencies of human infection of the COVID-19 virus. The most recent paper states:
"These findings suggested that the initiation of the immune response result in the production of chemokines and cytokines, which damage normal host lung."1 Chemokines and Cytokines are the chemicals the body uses to fight infection, with the purpose of creating a healing for the host-human. When the person has a pre-existing high level of these inflammatory chemicals or has a harder time dampening a hyper-vigilant immune response (as in autoimmunity), an infection can hit much harder than for those with normal inflammatory responses. This explains why COVID-19 is worse for people with underlying conditions that often are paired with older age: diabetes, heart disease, and autoimmune conditions. Determining the level of inflammation from a blood sample might help understand where the inflammation baseline is. Markers such as hsCRP, HA1c, ESR, size…