Talking, eating, and touching other people increases the risk of transmission of illnesses. However, despite all of the potential dangers that surround us on a daily basis, we don’t get sick every day.
This is because regular exposure to the environment helps to add saving or “ipon” to our immune system. It is constantly working by identifying incoming pathogens and neutralizing them before they can cause illness. Sometimes germs make it past these defenses and cause an infection but after treatment and recovery, the immune system becomes stronger.
Due to months of staying indoors to avoid COVID, some people’s immune systems have become vulnerable to common illnesses. However, experts say this is not necessarily due to the quarantine lockdowns alone. Unlike currency, our immune system is made up of living cells that communicate with each other. The cells have long-term memory to fight off germs we have already been exposed to, even from decades ago. And thanks to vaccines, many people have strengthened their immune systems without having to become infected.
Is there a way to prevent immunity debt?
Immunity debt due to COVID is merely a consequence of long-term lockdowns and protective measures against spreading the virus. Immunity is dynamic and can grow stronger or weaker depending on many factors. Emotional stress, lack of physical activity, and poor diet all contribute to a weaker immune system.
While a number of people are already fully vaccinated around the world, both the vaccinated and unvaccinated should still take precautions. Even when governments lift lockdowns and loosen up restrictions, it is best to continue social distancing and mask-wearing. Additionally, taking care of your mental and physical health is of utmost importance when it comes to boosting your immunity.