SARS-CoV-2 Virus Infects Neurons and Damages Brain Tissue
Investigators at the Yale School of Medicine have recently discovered how the SARS-CoV-2 virus can directly infect the central nervous system. The findings have also begun to help give a more thorough understanding of how the virus impacts cells in the brain, potentially aiding in the development of treatments for different types of neurological symptoms that are associated with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, the study was undertaken in an attempt to answer remaining questions, like whether the virus can infect neurons or other types of brain cells. Investigators used human brain organoids, …
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