COVID-19 Blog Series: Part 3

Blog part 3: Treatments  Fighting back- As COVID-19 vaccine development and roll-out to the UK public occurs at a rapid pace. Questions now turn to how we are going to treat those currently suffering from COVID-19, and how can we limit spread of the disease in the future. In this blog we are focussing on how our treatment of pandemics has evolved over time. By looking back at lessons learned from past key pandemics, we can appreciate how we are now able to respond rapidly to COVID-19 through the development or novel treatments for COVID-19 including monoclonal antibodies to treat hospitalised patients and novel antiviral drugs that in the future, we could administer at home during the early stages of disease.   PAST Throughout the course of… Read More »COVID-19 Blog Series: Part 3

COVID-19 Blog Series: Part 2

Blog part 2: Fighting back: Training our immune system with vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 Disclaimer: This blog is for information purposes only – please consult a medical professional for advice if you are concerned about COVID-19 or vaccine suitability.  In the last blog we saw how our immune system can fight back against SARS-CoV-2. But for some people this will mean getting unwell during their initial infection, and as we know, COVID-19 can be fatal especially in at-risk groups. So, what we want is to teach our immune system to recognise SARS-CoV-2, by inducing immune memory – to protect us from future disease or infection but without risking illness. Well, we… Read More »COVID-19 Blog Series: Part 2

COVID-19 Blog Series: Part 1

Fighting back: The immune system’s battle against COVID-19  SARS-CoV-2 is the virus which causes COVID-19, a disease which I’m sure you’ll all be familiar with by now. It has tragically caused the deaths of over a million people worldwide – but not everyone who catches it gets severely ill. What is going on in the individuals who suffer from COVID-19 the most severely? The secret lies in their immune systems.  The difficult thing our body must deal with when fighting COVID-19 is that the virus likes to hide inside our cells. Here, the virus is shielded from detection and attack by our immune system and can happily replicate itself to produce more virus. Fortunately for us, when a virus like SARS-CoV-2 invades a cell, it causes a… Read More »COVID-19 Blog Series: Part 1