Covid-19 (Corona Virus)

The newest virus to spread around the world, Covid-19 is a virus causing much panic. However, for most people, the virus isn't that serious, especially for young, healthy individuals. Symptoms include a fever, coughing, and shortness in breath and will appear after 2-14 days of exposure. If symptoms get worse, please consult a medical professional. Try to maintain good health practices, namely, don’t touch your face, wash your hands frequently, and avoid physical contact with other people.

Learn more at:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

Meet all the cells that work to keep you healthy and strong!

IGG

 

Immunoglobin Gamma, or IgG for short, is an antibody that sticks to unknown invasive species so that the Phagocytes can eat them. They are very specific and are produced by Memory B Cells. 


IGM

Immunoglobin Mu, or IgM for short, is an antibody that sticks to known invasive species so that the Phagocytes can eat them.


PHAGOCYTE

 

Phagocytes eat invasive species, neutralizing them and keeping you healthy.

 


MEMORY B CELL

 

Memory B cells remember what worked to defeat bacteria and viruses and store the knowledge so your body can defeat the virus if your body encounters it again. They are virus specific and there is one for every virus that your immune system has overcome.

 


PLASMA B CELL

 

Plasma B Cells shoot out Immunoglobins. They spit out a specific Immunoglobin. A Chicken Pox Plasma B Cell shoots out Chicken Pox IgG. There are also non-specific Plasma B Cells that shoot out IgM.

 


Now meet the microbes that attack your body. All of the named microbes in this section are preventable by vaccination.

Living Microbe

 

Every day millions of diseases, viruses, bacteria, fungi and other hostile microbes attack your body. Most of them are taken care of by your skin and mucus, but sometimes they get inside.

 


Dead Microbe

When you are vaccinated a dead or weaker version of the microbe is put into your system so a Memory B Cell can be created for the microbe.


The Flu

This disease can be fatal. Since it mutates quickly, new flu shots come out every year. Make sure you and your loved ones stay up to date on flu shots.


Diphtheria

This disease is a contagious disease that causes lymph nodes to swell up. This can lead to difficulty swallowing and respiratory failure. However, it is preventable by vaccination.

 


Tetanus

Also known as lock jaw, this bacteria releases spores that damage your nervous system. There is no cure for tetanus so it is important to get your booster shot every 10 years.


Pertussis

Pertussis, better known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious disease that attacks the respiratory system. It causes harsh coughing, vomiting, and extreme tiredness. This disease is highly contagious and can kill babies and other susceptible people.


Measles

Measles is one of the leading causes of death among young children that is highly contagious. In 2016 alone, 89,780 people died of measles. If caught, a high fever appears, followed by a rash. It can also lead to blindness, ear infections, and pneumonia-like respiratory problems. Outbreaks of Measles have spread around the world, and have already taken hundreds of lives