SARS-CoV-2 seems to trigger an unbalanced response in our immune system, overstimulating the response of white blood cells and in some cases leading to ultra-inflammatory ‘cytokine storms’. The New Yorker combines on-the-ground reporting from virologist Benjamin Tenoever’s laboratory in New York City with a sweeping history of immunology to explore the fiendishly complicated relationship between us and our viral nemesis.
This is a great read, and shows why the scientific hubris about vaccines is really just scientific ignoramus.
The immune system is a great world, and we intercede as foreigners despite the best of science pointing in the other direction -- let the system do it's work. I believe that therapies exist (hello Vitamin D), and more can be made that are truly safe and effective - unfortunately we have an industry that is trading off very dangerous long term health for a specious perceived short term benefit.