Friday, May 27

Covid: why accumulating body fat makes us more vulnerable to the coronavirus

  • Marta Domínguez Álvaro and Silvia Salado Font
  • The Conversation*


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Surely you know the story told in “The Iliad” by Homer. It tells how the Greeks, after several years trying to conquer Troy, achieved their goal thanks to a huge wooden horse inside which their soldiers hid.

Taking advantage of the darkness of the night, they assaulted the city from within.

Well, it seems that our enemy SARS-CoV-2 has found an unexpected Trojan horse inside us that helps him in his fight: our body fat.

A Trojan horse for coronavirus infection

SARS-CoV-2 enters the body’s cells when a protein on its envelope, the so-called spike or viral protein S, binds with angiotensin-converting enzyme type 2, a membrane molecule of several types of human cells.

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