Research shows that the coronavirus infects fat cells

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared on December 9, 2021, following the publication of an earlier version of the study in the preprint database bioRxiv (opens in a new tab). The article was updated on September 23, 2022 to reflect new information in the peer-reviewed journal.

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

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