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Why Exposure Matters

When it comes to getting sick, it makes sense that isolation from other people would give you a measure of protection. Think of it this way: are you more likely to get a virus from someone sneezing directly in your face during your everyday activities, or walking around in the isolated Northwoods?

It all adds up to what is referred to as dose load. Dose load means how much of a particular bug you’re exposed to over a certain period of time.

A High Dose Load Can Mean an Overpowered Immune System

Some bugs in our world have never existed before recent times. COVID-19 is a great example. Our bodies have never encountered this virus. When a large amount of it gets into our system, your body may not be able to mount an immune defense quickly enough to overcome the reproduction rate of the bug. The bug grows at a higher frequency than your body’s immune system can take, and it becomes overpowered. That’s when you’d start to show symptoms of the virus.

The more of a bug you’re exposed to in an given period of time makes it more likely that you’ll end up with an active infection. You might not want to, for example, be in an enclosed space with someone who is showing signs of a cold or flu. It’s much less likely that you’ll get sick if you’re in an open area, or better yet, nowhere near the person who is infected.

Now that you understand why dose load plays a role in getting sick, we’re ready to talk about measures you can take to protect yourself. You’ll find out about the role of distancing in our next post!

Be Blessed,

Dr. William Kriva and the Parkview Chiropractic Clinic Team

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  1. Esther Lenartz says
    Oct 14, 2020 at 5:32 PM

    Thanks for the informative information. Esther

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