A study showed that the Corona virus infects fat cells

Editor’s note: This article was first published on December 9, 2021, after an earlier version of the study was published in the preprint database bioRxiv (Opens in a new tab). Article updated September 23, 2022 to reflect new information in the peer-reviewed journal.

The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus directly infects fat cells and specific immune cells found in fat tissue, triggering inflammation that can then spread to nearby uninfected cells.