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The coronavirus infects fat cells, study shows

The coronavirus infects fat cells, study shows


Editor’s note: This article first ran on Dec. 9, 2021, after an earlier version of the study was posted to the preprint database bioRxiv (opens in new tab). The article was updated on Sept. 23, 2022 to reflect the new information contained in the peer-reviewed journal.

The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 directly infects fat cells and specific immune cells found in fat tissue, sparking inflammation that can then spread to uninfected “bystander” cells nearby. 

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