Scientists find Coronavirus attacks fat tissue
Breaking news: Scientists find that the coronavirus attacks fat tissue! The research may help explain why people who are overweight and obese have been at higher risk of severe illness and death from Covid.
Research has found that the coronavirus infects fat cells and immune cells within body fat, causing an immune response that scientists say may contribute to severe disease. One scientist says, “The bottom line is, … indeed, the virus can infect fat cells directly.”
Body fat used to be thought of as inert, a form of storage. But scientists now know that the tissue is biologically active, producing hormones and immune-system proteins that act on other cells, promoting a state of nagging low-grade inflammation even when there is no infection. Inflammation is the body’s response to an invader, and sometimes it can be so vigorous that it is more harmful than the infection that triggered it. “The more fat mass, and in particular visceral fat mass, the worse your inflammatory response.” Because of this, it is clear that there could very well be a direct correlation between excess body fat and the virus.
In order to mitigate the possibility of disease, prioritize your health and body! Stay active, eat healthy, and reduce body fat.