New study shows how Covid strain directly infects fat – obesity a 'risk factor'

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    They also discovered genetic material encoding SARS-CoV-2 was present in fat tissue from different bodily areas of eight patients who had died of COVID-19.

    In two cases involving deceased Covid patients, they saw infiltration of inflammatory immune cells next to infected fat cells in epicardial fat.

    Co-senior author, Professor Tracey McLaughlin, added: “This was of great concern to us, as epicardial fat lies right next to the heart muscle, with no physical barrier separating them.

    “So, any inflammation there may directly affect the heart muscle or coronary arteries.”



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