Illustration of fat tissue; bulbous, yellow blobs of tissue covered with thin clear membranes

Coronavirus infects fat cells, study finds

Editor’s note: This article was first published on December 9, 2021, after an earlier version of the study was published 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 specific immune cells found in fat tissue, triggering inflammation that can then spread to nearby uninfected “bystander” cells.

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