4 festively dressed up for the holidays! Decorate your tree or house with these memorable special edition microbes with golden loops for hanging.
Covid Ornaments themed gift box includes:
Covid-19 in special edition gold with fuzzy Santa hat
Antibody in joyous forest greens with candy cane
White Blood Cell dressed as a snowman with top hat and carrot nose
Covid-19 Vaccine with snowflakes and Christmas lights embroidery
Cities are locked down and economies quiver. The coronavirus disease COVID-19 arrived in 2019 and quickly spread globally along with confusion, rumors and fear. Scientists investigate vaccines as nations “go medieval” by quarantining citizens. When a mysterious microbe comes knocking and the threat of pandemic is in the air, stay calm and learn the facts.
COVID-19 is respiratory, spreading mainly in coughs and sneezes. Compared to the flu, it may be more contagious and deadly. Symptoms can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. To prevent illness avoid contact with sick people, wash your hands and do not panic.
Antibodies are Y-shaped proteins produced by the body’s immune system to help identify foreign interlopers such as viruses, bacteria, or toxic chemicals.
While the bodies of antibodies come in a few specific types (or isotypes), the tips (or paratopes) can be custom made, like a lock to a key, to attach only to specific parts (or epitopes) of an antigen. There are more than 10 billion combinations to this lock!
White Blood Cell
White blood cells, or Leukocytes, are your body’s white knights. If an enemy germ invades you, they ride to the rescue and fight to the death.
There are several different kinds of leukocytes, and each has special skills to help protect you. Neutrophils race to the scene when bacteria attack. B cells neutralize viruses and T cells move in for the coup de grâce.
Vaccines are one of the greatest medical advances ever. They protect against a disease without causing the disease. Vaccines stimulate your immune system to create antibodies for microbes that have never infected you. So even if you have never encountered the Covid-19 coronavirus, your body can recognize and destroy it, if you have been vaccinated.
Throughout the pandemic, scientists worked at an incredible pace to develop a vaccine. Covid-19 vaccines are now slowing the spread of the disease and saving lives, protecting each person who takes them and all of society.