COVID-19: Latest Updates

In Belize we have been COVID-19-free since May 5th. While we only have to deal with inconvenience of wearing face masks in ninety-degree weather, the rest of the world has been at war with an invisible enemy that has taken hundreds of thousands of lives.1 During this fight, new information is emerging every day. Treatment options are being explored, new symptoms have been reported and vaccines are being tested, and some are yielding positive results! In this article, we will discuss briefly what information has been discovered over the past couple days.

We’ve All Heard About It, But What is Lupus?

Lupus is an autoimmune disease. This means the body forms antibodies against itself. Normally an antibody attaches itself foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses and tells the immune system to kill it. It’s the body’s way of tagging unwelcome visitors. Think of a laser-guided missile. The laser is the antibody and the missiles are the immune system.

In rheumatoid arthritis, this laser is pointed at the joints, in Ulcerative Colitis the laser is pointed at the gut and in Type 1 Diabetes, the laser is pointed at the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Lupus is a little different.