A cytokine storm is just a term for a lot of inflammation. This is the rare instance when inflammation causes harm or death. However, it's your immune system trying to save you in the face of an overwhelming attack - in this case by the SARS-CoV-2.
Please watch this video that explains the cytokine storm and how the severity of the storm may be impacted by your current state of health.
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