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Research team: Niall Conlon, consultant immunologist and head of department (centre) with (left to right) Dr Jean Dunne, chief medical scientist, Immunology Department, medical scientist Ann O’Flaherty, and Dr Liam Townsend, fellow in infectious medicine, at the Department of Immunology in St James’s Hospital, Dublin. Photo: Frank McGrath

Research team: Niall Conlon, consultant immunologist and head of department (centre) with (left to right) Dr Jean Dunne, chief medical scientist, Immunology Department, medical scientist Ann O’Flaherty, and Dr Liam Townsend, fellow in infectious medicine, at the Department of Immunology in St James’s Hospital, Dublin. Photo: Frank McGrath

Research team: Niall Conlon, consultant immunologist and head of department (centre) with (left to right) Dr Jean Dunne, chief medical scientist, Immunology Department, medical scientist Ann O’Flaherty, and Dr Liam Townsend, fellow in infectious medicine, at the Department of Immunology in St James’s Hospital, Dublin. Photo: Frank McGrath

The battle against Covid-19 is taking place on many fronts.

In the mix of clinicians, scientists and innovators taking up the challenge are the immunologists who focus on the body's own capacity to fend-off dangerous invaders.

Prevention is the best defence, but if the novel coronavirus finds a way in, a person relies on their immune system to fight it off - or not.