Mind and Body

How T-cells fight viruses like the coronavirus

It's not just antibodies

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The concept of “antibodies” has become more familiar these days as the world tries to fight the SARS-cov-2 virus that has caused the covid-19 pandemic.

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Antibodies are an important line of defense against the virus — they bind to the surfaces of invading viruses and deactivate them.