Current research suggests that our own immune systems may be the cause for the severe illness some patients experience after being infected with COVID-19. This is due to the overreaction of immune system that causes more problems than the virus itself.
We have known since the SARS epidemic of 2003 that a significant number of deaths associated with viral infection can be traced to a phenomenon known as the cytokine storm. This occurs when replication of the virus inside the body leads to an excessive inflammatory response. Cytokines are biological chemicals that are used to stimulate cell pathways and communication between cells. Their main job is to signal the immune system to fight off an infection. For instance, some cytokines make your blood clot more easily while others help with antibody production.
However, when an excess of the chemicals responsible for controling your inflammatory response are released, a cytokine storm can occur, causing high levels of inflammation at their location in the body. This leads to a cascade effect that can be extremely dangerous and, in some cases, even fatal.
The cytokine storm effect is now thought to have been responsible for the disproportionate number of healthy young adults who died during the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic, as well as deaths from the bird flu H5N1 and hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, among others. It is not a disease in itself, but a serious medical issue that can cause extreme damage, sometimes even leading to organ failure and death. ArtemiC is designed specifically to tackle this issue, helping your body fight the symptoms of the disease itself while blocking the overreaction that can cause the situation to quickly deteriorate.