SARS CoV-2 Infects the Gut

SARS CoV-2 Infects the Gut

George Eng, Upasana Das, Douglas Kwon, Omer Yilmaz

Koch Institute at MIT, MIT Department of Biology, Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard

This is staining of COVID-19 (SARS CoV-2 virus) in situ hybridization directly infecting a human colon crypt. This is evidence we used to publish our recent findings that COVID-19 can in fact directly infect the cells in our gut leading to gut symptoms as well as a significant increase in mortality. The red dots are the viral mRNA.


a donut-like ring of pink and purple stained cells with white gaps between them

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