COVID and Cytokines
COVID-19 and the Cytokine Storm: Recent evidence suggests that the reason Covid-19 can be so aggressive and potentially deadly in many patients is because it triggers an inflammatory cytokine-storm. Read through the articles Ive cited below and summarize their basic findings. Please explain what cytokines are and how theyre linked to our basic immune system response. How do researchers believe COVID-19 influences the bodys production of cytokines, and what detrimental effects do they unleash in a patients body? In short, I would like you to review this topic (including other sources) and summarize this current area of research in your own words. I would also ask that you walk through potential treatment strategies to minimize the effects of this potential cytokine storm that would likely decrease the symptoms and severity of this disease. Please cite all your sources including the two articles below using the same
“Does the COVID-19 cytokine storm exist? Research may have an impact on the chances ofsuccess of a specific treatment.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 4 September 2020.
Cytokine Levels in Critically Ill Patients With COVID-19 and Other Conditions
Matthijs Kox, PhD1; Nicole J. B. Waalders, BSc1; Emma J. Kooistra, BSc1; et
alJelle Gerretsen, BSc1; Peter Pickkers, MD, PhD1
Author Affiliations Article Information
JAMA. Published online September 3, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.17052