Study Finds that COVID-19 Can Reach the Brain and Other Vital Organs and Stay in the Body for 8 Months!

Study Finds that COVID-19 Can Reach the Brain and Other Vital Organs and Stay in the Body for 8 Months!

According to a study of tissue samples from 44 autopsies of people who died of COVID-19, the SAR-CoV-2 virus reached the entirety of the human body including the brain.

In addition to that, it also stayed in the body for nearly 8 months!

It is also worth mentioning that none of the deceased had been immunized and that 38 of them had their blood plasma results positive for SARS-CoV-2, while 3 tested negative and 3 had unavailable blood plasma.

The autopsies were carried out between April of 2020 and March of 2021 and the samples were evaluated by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the US.

The study was published in Nature.

For 11 of the victims, they carefully sampled their neurological system, the brain included.

30 percent of them were female and the average age was 62.5.

In 27 of the individuals, or 61.4 percent, they found three or more comorbidities.

Furthermore, 18.5 was the average number of days that went between the onset symptoms and passing away.

According to the study’s authors, in a number of non-respiratory sites, virus replication was noticed in the first 2 weeks following the onset symptoms.

The research team was able to also isolate live SARS-CoV-2 virus from a number of different organs, both from the respiratory system and outside of it, such as the eye, adrenal gland, lymph nodes, the digestive tract, the heart and the brain.

The analysis showed that SARS-CoV-2 mainly affected the airway tissue and the lungs.

And that’s not all! The team also found viral RNA in 84 body fluids and areas and in one of the cases, they even found viral RNA no less than 230 days after the patient first experienced symptoms!

SARS-CoV-2 RNA and protein were also found in the cerebellum and hypothalamus of one individual as well as in the basal ganglia and spinal cord of two more of them.

That being said, “despite significant viral burden” the brain tissue was harmed very little.

Katherine Baldwin

Katherine is just getting her start as a journalist. She attended a technical school while still in high school where she learned a variety of skills, from photography to nutrition. Her enthusiasm for both natural and human sciences is real so she particularly enjoys covering topics on medicine and the environment.

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