Coronavirus Vaccines – Do They Prevent Spreading?
Ready for some ground-breaking science? It doesn’t get more current or more relevant than the coronavirus vaccine.
There’s a growing body of evidence that suggests we should still be wearing masks and social distancing even after we’ve had a vaccine. But if the vaccine works, why do we still need to take these measures?
If you want to keep yourself and others safe, you must understand exactly what the vaccine does and doesn’t protect against.
Read on for our essential and informative guide to the coronavirus vaccine.
How Does the Vaccine Work?
In a nutshell, the coronavirus vaccine helps to prevent us from getting seriously ill. But to understand it, we need to take a quick look at how our bodies deal with an infection.
According to the CDC, there are three main types of white blood cells to fight infections different ways:
Macrophages are white blood cells that swallow up and digest germs and dead or dying cells. The macrophages leave behind parts of the invading germs called antigens. The body identifies antigens as dangerous and stimulates antibodies to attack them.
B-lymphocytes are defensive white blood cells. They produce antibodies that attack the pieces of the virus left behind by the macrophages.
T-lymphocytes are another type of defensive white blood cell. They attack cells in the body that have already been infected.