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ILBD Director Dr. Ali Önder Yildirim talked to SPIEGEL about Covid-19 Prophylaxis for the lungs

Covid-19 has the world under control. Doctors and scientists around the world are working on therapies, vaccines and medicines.

Dr. Ali Önder Yildirim; © Helmholtz Zentrum München, Michael Haggenmüller

But can each individual protect himself preventively? Can people with pre-existing conditions in particular strengthen their immune system and their lungs? Dr. Ali Önder Yildirim talked about this with the SPIEGEL. He points out the particular risk smokers have of contracting Covid-19. And there are also concrete tips for asthmatics.

The article has been published in SPIEGEL (print and online): (german only)

Dr. Ali Önder Yildirim is acting director of the Institute of Lung Biology and Disease and head of the research group "Immunopathology of COPD” and is studying the role and involvement of immune cells in the chronic inflammatory response in COPD and lung transplantation.