There are two ways for your body to deal with the virus that causes COVID-19. One is to keep away from it, so you don’t get infected. The other is when you do get infected, your immune system kicks into gear to get rid of the virus. Unfortunately, as this virus is brand new and has ways of hiding from the immune system, our immune responses may not be ideal for fighting the virus. In some cases, the virus can trigger an overwhelming immune response that itself results in illness.
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Ireland has a wealth of scientific researchers who are contributing to our global understanding of the immune system and the response to COVID-19.