SARS-CoV-2 infects mouth cells

Researchers recently found evidence that SARS-CoV-2 infects cells in the mouth, specifically in the salivary glands and tissues lining the oral cavity, suggesting that it is a site for potential infection and transmission.
It is known that the upper airways and lungs are sites of infection with the virus that causes COVID-19, but these most recent findings may explain the wide-ranging symptoms associated with the disease — including a loss of taste and smell — and how the virus is transmitted to the lungs or gastrointestinal tract through saliva, the (Read more...)

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