Scientists find evidence that novel coronavirus infects the mouth’s cells

The potential of the virus to infect multiple areas of the body might help explain the wide-ranging symptoms experienced by COVID-19 patients, including oral symptoms such as taste loss, dry mouth and blistering. Moreover, the findings point to the possibility that the mouth plays a role in transmitting SARS-CoV-2 to the lungs or digestive system via saliva laden with virus from infected oral cells. A better understanding of the mouth’s involvement could inform strategies to reduce viral transmission within and outside the body.  Source: Scientists find evidence that novel coronavirus infects the mouth’s cells

7 thoughts on “Scientists find evidence that novel coronavirus infects the mouth’s cells”

    1. have not seen any such studies yet – as this story makes the rounds, expect someone will start such a study. So far, infection can start in eyes, nose or mouth.

    2. Ah, ok, I thought I’d seen an article on mouth-breathing that was citing a study, but it may have been older than it looked.

    3. It was someone’s post on the benefits of nose-breathing, but I thought it was a copied article from somewhere else: it was well-ref’d, but I do not follow the blog as I realized it was a bot, sorry.

    4. yes, I saw a lot of articles on nasal vs mouth breathing but not tied specifically to covid – catching or spreading.

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