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Why Does COVID-19 Impact Only Some Organs, Not Others?

Photo: Ernesto Estrada

In severe cases of COVID-19, damage can spread beyond the lungs and into other organs, such as the heart, liver, kidney, and parts of the neurological system. Beyond these specific sets of organs, however, the virus seems to lack impact.

Ernesto Estrada, from the University of Zaragoza and Agencia Aragonesa para la Investigación Foundation in Spain, aimed to uncover an explanation as to how it is possible for these damages to propagate selectively rather than affecting the entire body. He discusses his findings in the journal Chaos, from AIP Publishing.

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