Mind and Body

How T-cells fight viruses like the coronavirus

It's not just antibodies

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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.

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Antibodies also act as a beacon, signaling other immune responders towards the virus.

Antibodies can also remain in the body and recognize the same pathogen if it ever tries to invade again.

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Two crucial types of T-cells are Helper T-cells and Killer T-cells.

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The ways each branch of the immune system reacts to an invading virus can dictate types of treatment, including vaccines.

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Every day scientists understand more about the disease and our immune system's response to the virus. And that will help them develop a successful vaccine.

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