Has the Covid-19 Pandemic Had a Negative Impact on Our Immune System?

Many people have been worried about our safety, not only during the Covid-19 pandemic, but post-pandemic. There’s a belief and a worry that for our immune system to stay healthy it requires constant exposure to different germs. By this line of thinking, what could be worse for your immune system than prolonged social distancing and quarantining? Thankfully, MIT Medical has answered this belief with a resounding no.

This line of thinking is likely due to the “hygiene hypothesis”. While not everyone has heard of it by this name, it’s a familiar idea to most parents. It’s the idea that exposure to a variety of germs during childhood will help your body build a stronger immune system. There’s even evidence to support the “hygiene hypothesis” in relation to individuals being more resistant to developing allergies or autoimmune disorders when they’re grown. However, we don’t need to worry about this “hygiene hypothesis” having a negative impact on our immune systems after the Covid-19 pandemic. Our immune systems do not forget or regress even if exposure goes away. Once your body knows how to react and deal with different germs. This memory is literally programmed into our DNA.

In regard to SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, our bodies didn’t have any prior exposure to this virus because it was new. There was no chance for prior exposure. However, our bodies can analyze and recognize different characteristics of a virus and mount an attack based on this. Going back to the “hygiene hypothesis”, there’s nothing about encountering SARS-CoV-2 that makes your immune system strong, but what it does do is add another germ to your immune system’s memory. In the future, your immune system will have more information to pull from to combat dangerous microbes in your body.

Although many are now vaccinated and CDC regulations are much less restrictive, your number one priority should be to protect yourself and your loved ones in the best possible way. You can keep yourself safe by leading a healthy lifestyle. You can try out our boosting products to bolster your defense against viral infections with BodyK’s Boost Box Viral Defense. Until we have reached the end of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is still important to be tested for the virus. BodyK has various Covid-19 tests available: the COVID Antigen Rapid Test with results in 30 minutes, the PCR Test with 45 Minute Results, and the PCR Test with Same Day Results.

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