The coronavirus infects fat cells, according to a study

The coronavirus infects fat cells, according to a study

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

The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus directly infects adipocytes and specifically immune cells found in adipose tissue, triggering inflammation that can then spread to uninfected bystander cells nearby.

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