Cell death and cytokine storms: how your body's innate immune response is crucial to battling COVID-19

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A humans innate immune reponse can be just as dangerous as COVID-19 itslef. Here's how to stop a cytokine storm Image: Unsplash/ Marcelo Leal

Alexander Poltorak
Professor of Immunology, Tufts University
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Dr. Yasuhiko Taira, a professor at St. Marianna University School of Medicine, listens to staff members to get updates on patients at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients at St. Marianna Medical University Hospital in Kawasaki, south of Tokyo, Japan May 4, 2020. Picture taken May 4, 2020.  REUTERS/Issei Kato - RC2DTG9Q01D4
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Vintage engraving of a dead cart collecting the bodies of plague victims during the last Great Plague of London, which extended from 1665 to 1666.
The bubonic plague killed half of the human population in Europe between 1347 and 1351. Image: Getty Images/ Duncan1890
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