Birds of a feather shouldn't always fly together
Journal of Experimental Biology
Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, many of us have become more sensitive to the signs of sickness while in public. Despite my mask, I dread having to sneeze or cough while in the grocery store, for fear of the sideways glances it will inevitably elicit from people around me. While we know observing symptoms that convey sickness can cause us to change our behaviour, can it also trigger our bodies to mount protective changes in our physiology? Ashley Love and colleagues from around the USA worked to test this idea, to better understand whether visible signs of infection can lead to changes in immunity.
Lauren E. Nadler. 2021. Birds of a feather shouldn't always fly together .Journal of Experimental Biology , (17) : JEB236976 . https://nsuworks.nova.edu/occ_facarticles/1183.