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Opinions of Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Columnist: Adjei Boakye

Poles, apart in scope and meaning

To hold a position in Parliament, especially on the Health Committee, is not by accident or a mistake. Even if that person doesn't belong to that field, we expect the person to crack his/her brain on health-related issues either on paper or on grounds.

Those poles, which are unlike nature was raped by my good friend, Hon. Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, a ranking member on the health committee who doubles as the Minority spokesperson on Health.

The Honourable member was carried away by severe mouth diarrhea fueled by acute propaganda which resulted in total embarrassment to the fraternity.

According to science, he goofed up, he failed to back his submission with science. We should condemn this on any day because the information is key in the fight against this unseen enemy.

Autoimmunity and asymptomaticity are not and will never be similar as far as science is concern. These are clearly different poles, apart from in scope and scientific meaning. Drawing similarities between them will be tantamount to intellectual robbery. One failing to decipher between these poles becomes problematic. I call that, an error of a meaning which doesn't call for praise.

Autoimmunity(Attacking self)

In simple terms, autoimmunity refers to the failure of the body's immune system to recognize it's own cells and tissues as "self". Instead immune responses are launched against these cells and tissues as if they were foreign or invading bodies.

Why might the immune system turn on itself?

Perhaps a virus, while replicating within a human cell "borrows" proteins from the host cell's surface and incorporates them into its own surface. When the immune system "learns" the surface of the virus to destroy it, it also learns to attack the human cells that normally bear that particular protein.

Another possible explanation is that T-cells never learn to distinguish itself from nonself in the thymus. Normally, T cells that recognize self-antigens are weeded out, by apoptosis in the thymus. If these cells persist, they can attack the body's tissues at a later time.

A third possible route of autoimmunity is when a nonself antigen coincidentally resembles a self-antigen. For example in rheumatic heart disease, which is a complication of rheumatic fever, antibodies attack heart valve cells that have antigens that resemble those of streptococcus bacteria...

Sometimes the immune system turns against the host, manufacturing antibodies that attack the body's own cells and causes autoimmunity.

*Asymptomatic*

Asymptomatic simply means there are no symptoms. One is considered asymptomatic if:

One has recovered from an illness or condition and no longer have symptoms. When one has an illness or condition (such as early-stage high blood pressure) but do not have symptoms of it.......

*Conclusion*

How can one relate immunity to asymptomaticity...? To the extent that, after infection your immune system recognize and attack the causative organism so that it doesn't trigger any cellular or humoral response to show the presentation of symptoms.....

Autoimmunity has nothing to do with asymptomaticity. One being asymptomatic doesn't mean the person is autoimmune as stated by our Honourable member.

One suffering from autoimmunity doesn't mean automatically, the person will be healed from the Novel Covid-19.

As I'm about to put my pen to rest, I will advice all communicators to speak to the facts on the table and also be careful in terms of interpretation. Science will forever be, as propaganda will always remain so.

Email: benjaminboakye322@gmail.com.

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