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COVID-19 is, in the end, an endothelial disease

Excerpt: “This essay explores the hypothesis that COVID-19, particularly in the later complicated stages, represents an endothelial disease. Cytokines, protein pro-inflammatory mediators, serve as key danger signals that shift endothelial functions from the homeostatic into the defensive mode. The endgame of COVID-19 usually involves a cytokine storm, a phlogistic phenomenon fed by well-understood positive feedback...

When It Comes to Viruses, Be a Bad Host!

Sure, if you are hosting a party or having a few friends over, you want to be a good host. You want to be hospitable and make your guests feel comfortable. Your mom probably taught you that it was important to be a good host! But when it comes to viruses, you want to be a bad host — you want to be the most unfriendly host you can be! You can be a bad host by staying healthy and building a better immune system. First of...

Coronavirus Infection and Gastrointestinal Tract

The coronavirus and COVID-19 weighs upon all of our minds. What concerns us most about getting COVID-19 is developing life threatening complications — like pneumonia and extreme difficulty breathing. But what does gut health have to do with COVID-19 and the respiratory complications? According to this recent editorial,”2019 Novel coronavirus infection and gastrointestinal tract,” in Journal of Digestive...