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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