The coronavirus infects fat cells, research shows

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared on December 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 September 23, 2022 to reflect the new information in the peer-reviewed journal.

The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 directly infects fat cells and specific immune cells found in adipose tissue, causing inflammation that can then spread to nearby uninfected “bystander” cells.

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