Is A Stronger Immune System The Reason Why Younger People Aren't Susceptible To Dying From COVID-19?

April 10, 2020

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Emmanuel Feranmi

Over the weekend, an interesting statistic was released. Apparently, over 80% of people who have suffered death from coronavirus in Italy are over seventy years of age. That's an interesting and statistically significant statistic for at least two reasons. The first is that it's a sample taken from the country with the highest cases of confirmed deaths from COVID-19, so it's a fairly big sample size. Secondly, it's important because it explains why most people who have recovered from the virus are young people with strong immune systems.

In fact, worldwide, young people have been disproportionately recovering from coronavirus. Now, this isn't to say that young people cannot get seriously sick and die from COVID-19. It just goes to say that the chances of that happening are very low— at least lower than the chances of older people getting seriously ill. And why's that?

Simple. Our immune systems are stronger and thus better equipped to fight the virus than that of the elderly.

 If it's clear that a strong immune system helps us fight COVID-19 more effectively, there's only one thing to do. And that's to boost your immune system. Now, this isn't in readiness for catching the virus— but the fact is that you never know what can happen. You may catch it, and you may not catch it. But it's never a bad idea to have a strong immune system.

That's why we'll be looking at these four easy ways to boost your immune system.

Get A Good Night Rest

When you're sleeping, you may be unconscious, but that doesn't mean your body isn't working. During sleep, your body heals, regenerates and releases important immune cells like T cells, cytokines, and interleukin 12. These cells help to regulate immune responses and even fight/ promote inflammation.

What this means is that if you don't get good quality sleep, your body may begin to lack these cells. If your body lacks these cells, it's possible for your immune system's response to bacteria and virus to be weak. If your system cannot adequately deal with these issues, you may likely become seriously ill.

So, just try to get enough good quality sleep. You'll need it, and your survival may just hinge on it.

Alcohol Should Be in Moderation

Drinking a lot of alcohol has been linked to many negative health effects, and yes, this includes a weaker immune system. If you drink too much alcohol, your body will focus most of its energies on trying to detoxify your blood. During this process, it may become less concerned with bacteria or viruses that try to attack you.

Getting drunk all the time means that you're making your immune system fight a battle on two fronts. Of course, that would make it weak.

Also, No Cigarettes

Smokers are liable to die young. Like alcohol, cigarettes are toxins, and anything that is a toxin can compromise your health and weaken your immune system. So even if you do take cigarettes, ensure that they are taken in moderation.

Exercise, Exercise, Exercise.

Working out regularly has a lot of positive effects. It gets the heart pumping and pumps a lot more blood. It also reduces your risk of developing diabetes, obesity and other chronic health diseases. Exercising also facilitates the release of endorphins which are a group of hormones that help people manage stress better. Since stress is one thing that negatively impacts the immune system, exercising is a great way to make your immune system stronger.

But if you're indoors and busy working, how can you exercise? Well, there's an easy answer for that. You could get a Home Office Mobile Workstation. This features a desk bike. With this workstation, you'd be able to exercise indoors while working. Your schedule won't be disrupted, and you will be able to accomplish two things at a time. It's an easy and cheap solution to building up your resistance to diseases like coronavirus. 

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