Prior to the release and analysis of two important scientific studies early this year, we weren’t sure how our bodies’ T cells would interact with COVID-19. Scientists were on the fence about whether these cells played a role in our bodies defense against SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) or might exacerbate it with additional inflammatory responses. Some speculated that those with high T cell counts could experience exaggerated and dangerous reactions to the virus.
Fortunately, these two studies outlined and discussed in Science Magazine over the summer, prove that the opposite is true. In fact, T cells are playing a significant role in the body’s defense response, both for those already infected and those who have never had the virus. But what are T cells? And how do they work?
In the simplest terms, T cells are a type of white blood cells that attack and kill foreign particles like viruses and bacteria and diseased cells in our bodies. They originate in our bone marrow, play an essential role in our immune response, and can be boosted by supplements such as special forms of creatine, a primary ingredient in Promera Health’s new and unique formulation of IMMUNE SUPPORT.
T cells work in the body in two different ways - helper T cells spur immune defenders like B cells into action, while killer T cells target and destroy infected and infectious cells.
The data is showing that T cells are hastening recovery for those already infected, and that these cellular defenses are present even for some who have never had the virus or been exposed but never got symptoms. Scientists believe these existing defenses may be present because of previous exposure to other coronaviruses. Basically, the T cells “remember” how to recognize and kill coronaviruses. We are surely grateful for strong T cells as we continue our fight against COVID-19.