Everyone on earth is “immunocompromised im·mu·no·com·pro·mised | \ ˌi-myə-nō-ˈkäm-prə-ˌmīzd : having the immune system impaired or weakened (as by drugs or illness).” to some extent. We have an immune system : the bodily system that protects the body from foreign substances, cells, and tissues by producing the immune response and that includes especially the thymus, spleen, lymph nodes, special deposits of lymphoid tissue (as in the gastrointestinal tract and bone marrow), macrophages, lymphocytes including the B cells and T cells, and antibodies. to battle against infection in·fec·tion | \ in-ˈfek-shən a : the state produced by the establishment of one or more pathogenic agents (such as a bacteria, protozoans, or viruses) in or on the body of a suitable host b : a disease resulting from infection and harmful agents that surround and occupy us from pre-birth to death. We all, thus, lie on a “continuum” of health which reflect the health of compromised status of our immune system. Our goal is to educate you on what immunocompromised is, how you can determine your status, and what you can do to improve your position on this continuum. In this video we cover some introductory information on immune health and what immunocompromised means. This is important because immunocompromised people die at higher rates compared to people who are presumed perfectly healthy (note: no one is “perfectly healthy,” everyone is somewhere on the health-illness continuum). Few people, including healthcare professional, can describe or have a test for “immunocompromised” status. Dr. Lewis describes how you can assess your immune health status, what tests Harvard Medical School hospitals performing on COVID-19 \ ˈkō-vid-nīn-ˈtēn : a mild to severe respiratory illness that is caused by a coronavirus (Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 of the genus Betacoronavirus), is transmitted chiefly by contact with infectious material (such as respiratory droplets), and is characterized especially by fever, cough, and shortness of breath and may progress to pneumonia and respiratory failure. patients to “risk stratify” them for medical workup and staging. These tests are only performed on hospitalized individuals. We are able to make similar tests available to anyone within the U.S.