Basically the same things that result in asthma exacerbations (i.e. that cause worse asthma symptoms) are the things found to increase so dramatically in the bird flu virus.
When people with asthma are exposed to certain “triggers” - molds, dust, pollen, cats, cigarette smoke, etc. they may experience a sudden worsening of symptoms. This is because “inflammatory mediators” - i.e. chemicals which are supposed to protect us from disease - increase pathologically. This causes the airways to become smaller and for mucus secretion which causes the airflow to slow considerably. This is asthma in a nutshell.
With the bird-flu virus, many of these inflammatory mediators are increased dramatically as well. This may result in severe respiratory symptoms as the airways narrow causing difficulty in breathing.
This is why i considered that steroids might be useful here as - yes Mary - they are immune suppressants.
I hope that this clears up the fog, and again my apologies.
I’ve been reading the comics for about 5 years, I’d say. I always buy the volumes as soon as they come out. The show was pretty similar at first, but diverged. Partly I think due to necessity to condense the plot, but also for some TV gimmicks for ratings. I don’t like it as much as the print.
That being said, I still enjoy it. It’s a fairly good representation of the comics. Certain things I haven’t liked about it, but I don’t complain too much.
The only other thing I think will be an issue possibly is the series catching up to the comics and having to make its own ending. Many people don’t like it, although I find it interesting. Some of my favorite shows have done that (2 mangas I can think of - Gantz and Full Metal Alchemist), and I like seeing the interpretation as an alternate ending.
Pretty sure one of my other favorite shows - Game of Thrones - will run into the same problem, but I’ve heard they’ve been told the ending to come in the next 2 books already to make the series compatible.