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Immune System's Response To Coronavirus

A caregiver tests a patient for coronavirus at University Hospitals, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.
Tony Dejak
Associated Press

This episode originally aired on April 14, 2020.

How the immune system responds to COVID-19 is one of the mysteries doctors and scientists are trying to solve.

Our immune system usually functions as a bodyguard, protecting us against harmful bacteria and viruses. Yet, it’s behaving quite differently with novel coronavirus. Why?

Coming up, a new look at science and the body’s immune system.


  • Matt Richtel, New York Times reporter and author of “An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System: A Tale in Four Lives.”

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