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Covid Can Stay in Body for Several Months

A new study has found that the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 can spread within days from the airways to the heart, brain, and almost every organ system in the body, where it may persist for months. The study was published in the journal Nature.The study authors have published a most comprehensive analysis to date of the virus’s distribution and persistence in the body and brain. Scientists  at the U.S.

National Institutes of Health said they found the pathogen is capable of replicating in human cells well beyond the respiratory tractThe point to delayed viral clearance as a potential contributor to the persistent symptoms wracking so-called long Covid sufferers. Understanding the mechanisms by which the virus persists, along with the body’s response to any viral reservoir, promises to help improve care for those afflicted, the authors said.

Covid Can Stay in Body for Several MonthsZiyad Al-Aly, director of the clinical epidemiology center at the Veterans Affairs St. Louis Health Care System in Missouri said that this is remarkably important work. Ziyad Al-Aly has led separate studies into the long-term effects of Covid-19. For a long time now, we have been scratching our heads and asking why long affects so many organ systems. This paper sheds some light, and may help explain why long Covid can occur even in people who had mild or asymptomatic acute disease.

The findings haven’t yet been reviewed by independent scientists, and are mostly based on data gathered from fatal Covid-19 cases, not patients with long -19 or “post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2,” as it’s also called.

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