And you got a virus? If the ill effects we feel are our own immunity, what is the theoretical end result if the body decides not to fight it?
Depends on the pathogen. If it were an aggressive hemorrhagic fever, like Machupo, then you'd have invasive proliferation within the nervous system leading to grand mal seizures. There'd also be extensive internal bleeding as your capillaries and vascular system deteriorated. This often results in massive multiple organ failure.
Bugs like Neisseria meningitidis will basically run train on your body, spreading to the meninges and your bloodstream. Once sepsis has set in, you'll die in hours due to shock.
Typically, AIDS patients will suffer from multiple infections as native flora, such as C. albicans, growth goes unchecked. Kaposi sarcoma, which is caused by a herpes virus, is also common. Tuberculosis is known as HIV's executioner. Immunocompromised individuals are extremely susceptible to infection.
Unchecked infection fucks you good.
Here's something in the same ballpark as your theoretical situation with all the horrors of it being real; all white blood cells were destroyed alongside chromosomes. The result is not pretty.
2005 I contracted leukaemia. As a result of the chemo, my immune system was defunct. Despite being in an isolation room, I was bitten on the face by a small bug (or a pore got infected).
The flesh death spread down my face into my neck, I was extremely lucky it didn't spread farther - that dead black flesh is still visible for all to see 10 years later.
Your immunity is the only thing keeping you from very horrible terminations. What is the end result? Death you plonker.
Oh, additionally, due to transport problems I did not get a pint of platelets ONE day.
I started bleeding... I mean EVERY SINGLE vein and artery started bleeding out... couldnt see, eyes full of blood etc, intensive care... not fun.
You always die.
On a relevant notice, I always thought how interesting it would be to grow a fetus froma single cell all the way to adolescence, inside a sterilized room.
Although I assume the luck of gut bacteria might be devastating, nobody knows how this would turn out, and it would certainly be very interesting.
I imagine that growth without any pathogen exposure would be much faster and better.
if you had AIDS and got a cold - the symptoms would be mild. Rhinovirus causes cell death in the airway so mild irritation/coughing would be noted but less phlegm, sinus pressure & other symptoms. Its rly the right way to get sick.
>what is the theoretical end result if the body decides not to fight it?
You die in some fashion, death by virus would probably be worse as they have specificity so you might not die from the virus itself, but from secondary bacterial infections after all of your skin falls off, unchecked bacterial growth will rapidly go to septic shock, you'd feel tired as fuck, lose consciousness and die in a relatively calm manner.