‘viral ghosts’ support idea that SARS-CoV-2 reservoirs could be behind long COVID

Noah Baker and Heidi Ledford ask whether or not viral reservoirs might be behind lengthy COVID

Tens of millions of individuals around the globe have been left managing the advanced and amorphous syndrome that’s lengthy COVID. However the underlying trigger of those myriad signs just isn’t clear. One speculation is that the virus is ready to discover a secure haven within the physique from which it might bide its time and doubtlessly re-emerge — a viral reservoir. Now researchers finding out lengthy COVID have discovered proof of SARS-CoV-2 in a sequence of organs across the physique, most notably the intestine, months after the an infection seems to have been cleared from the respiratory system. Though there’s nonetheless a protracted approach to go earlier than the reservoir speculation may be confirmed, these information present compelling new assist for the idea. On this episode of Coronapod, we focus on how the research had been carried out, why the query of lengthy COVID’s trigger is so troublesome to crack, and what extra must be accomplished to get a agency reply.

Information: Coronavirus ‘ghosts’ discovered lingering within the intestine

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