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Scientists find evidence that novel #coronavirus infects the mouth’s cells

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An international team of scientists has found evidence that SARS-CoV-2 infects cells in the mouth.  While it’s well known that the upper airways and lungs are primary sites of SARS-CoV-2 infection, there are clues the virus can infect cells in other parts of the body, such as the digestive system, blood vessels, kidneys and, as this new study shows, the mouth. The potential of the virus to infect multiple areas of the body might help explain the wide-ranging symptoms experienced by COVID-19 patients, including oral symptoms such as taste loss, dry mouth and blistering.

NIH.gov report

 

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