The COVID-19 virus is a killer.
It attacks all that it can infect.
Men die at twice the rate of females.
Males immune systems are weaker.
All ages are succeptible to this virus,
But the young have stronger immune systems
And are most likely to survive its attack.
With age, the compromised immune system can be fatal.
In the majority of cases, most people survive.
The immune system kills the virus as it should.
But once the virus infiltrates the lungs of the old,
Their weakened immune system is unable to kill the invader.
An immune system is designed for the survival of mankind.
It is not designed for ageing, it falters as we age.
A man of eighty has ONLY 20% of his immune system.
The elderly and impaired are succeptible to a cytokine storm.
The last line of defense is the cytokine storm.
It is triggered when the immune system falters.
It is an assault on pathogens in its path.
It overrides the immune response, attacking vital organs.
Death is a failure of your system by cytokine storm.
This occurs as the storm is more powerful than impaired organs.
It is a response as a last line defense system,
A youghtful healthy system can withstand a cytokine storm.
The cells of the storm damage and destroy us,
Impaired blood vessels, liver, kidney or the heart are targeted.
This destruction is compounding and internally fatal.
Older patients suffer this calamity even on ventilators.
Note: This thesis fits the pieces of the puzzle together; asymptomatic youthful infected spreading the virus to the elderly, some with impaired health (lung, heart, obesity, diabetes, asthma, etc.), and/or parents or grandparents. The sixty plus aged dying at a projected higher mortality rate and the ventilators failing to save upwards of 85% of the elderly.
Addendum: Cytokines are a group of signaling molecules. Some have the job of recruiting pathogen-fighting white blood cells to a site of infection. If too many of these cells arrive at once, they can end up attacking the bodies own tissues.
The multiple tubes inserted to ventilate a patient and substain life may stimulate activation of a cytokine storm.
We've been attacked by a little virus.
It is inhaled and it infects us.
Parents gone without a "Goodbye".
Lives of good people ended too soon.
Doctors and nurses battle the virus
With anti-virals, oxygen and ventilators.
They fight in the front lines of the battle.
Many are infected themselves and die.
Finally, the vaccines arrived;
Johnson and Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer.
It is like a miracle to get the shot,
You're safe, family and neighbors protected.
A shot or two in the arm is enough
It saves you and the rest of us from Covid.
Enjoy life without the mask requirement.
Ballgames, concerts and travel will begin.