hi I saw this post by you that went... all disease symptoms are an immune response. I kind of get what you mean like to help people make up diseases but. if all symptoms are immune doesn't that mean stopping the immune system would cure the disease??? like isn't death a symptom
Good question! Without an immune response, viruses and bacteria and fungi would just be able to kill us with no resistance. However, the symptoms we associate with illness wouldn’t be there. Take an influenza virus, any influenza virus. When it attaches, the body starts to slough off the cells in order to minimize replication. Immune cells, like neutrophils and macrophages and a host of others, come in and start to eat the virus particles. If that weren’t to happen, the influenza virus would just sort of move through your body and kill every cell it could get its little virus-ey paws on. You’d die, but without fever, without sneezing and coughing, etc. I’m not sure if there would be pain–it very well could be painful. But you would have, more or less, an asymptomatic infection that killed you really quickly.