Caring for the immunocompromised

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By CHESHIRE QUE

 As the number of COVID-19 cases increases, the most vulnerable remain to be the elderly due to a compromised immune system. Other people may also be immunocompromised if they have conditions like autoimmune diseases, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, dialysis patients, and post surgery and organ transplantation. Pregnant women and very small children must also be protected at all costs.

Understanding the immune system

The immune system is our first line of defense against infection. It is composed of a network of cells and proteins, much like the different units of a military system that work synergistically to kill pathogens in the form of viruses and bacteria. COVID-19 is a viral type of infection that has no known cure and vaccination. An infected person’s chances of survival solely rely on his or her immune system’s ability to fight the infection. While doctors may prescribe medications, these drugs are only good for treating symptoms. For example, paracetamol is given to address fever. It will lower the patient’s temperature but it will not kill the virus. Limiting the multiplication of the virus inside the body is done by the immune system.

Unfortunately, immunocompromised individuals have a weakened immune system. A person with good immunity may not be susceptible to catching the common cold or flu but an immunocompromised individual could easily be infected. How much more if the pathogen is as virulent as COVID-19?…

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