Make-up of gut microbiome may influence COVID-19 severity and immune response

As the gut is the largest immunological organ in the body and its resident microbes are known to influence immune responses, the researchers wanted to find out if the gut microbiome might also affect the immune system response to COVID-19 infection.

The Tatty Journal

By BMJ

Originally published 11th January 2021

Imbalances in type and volume of bacteria may also be implicated in ‘long COVID’

The variety and volume of bacteria in the gut, known as the microbiome, may influence the severity of COVID-19 as well as the magnitude of the immune system response to the infection,suggests research published online in the journalGut.

Imbalances in the make-up of the microbiome may also be implicated in persisting inflammatory symptoms, dubbed ‘long COVID’, the findings suggest.

COVID-19 is primarily a respiratory illness, but the evidence suggests that the gut may also have a role.

As the gut is the largest immunological organ in the body and its resident microbes are known to influence immune responses, the researchers wanted to find out if the gut microbiome might also affect the immune system response to COVID-19 infection.

They therefore obtained blood and stool samples and…

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2 thoughts on “Make-up of gut microbiome may influence COVID-19 severity and immune response

  1. I really like the point they make about the gut being the largest immunological organ. Although scientists have known this for more than two decades, the regulatory agencies that make up the US public health establishment have yet to acknowledge this. Which is why they continue to allow the use of Roundup and similar pesticides and the use of heavy metals in vaccines. Both ravage gut bacteria.

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