Models for Long COVID

After recovering from COVID-19 infection, many people experience a diverse range of lingering symptoms that have perplexed both physicians and scientists. In a conversation with Dr. Terina Martinez, Nature writer Vivien Marx explores the underpinnings of long COVID and how mouse models, like those offered by Taconic, are evolving to support studies on this puzzling phenomenon:

“...we do know from other viruses that viruses can trigger auto-immune components and we're beginning to appreciate potential auto-immune contribution to long COVID condition. It's still very early days, but this is based and predicated on some observations that people who have long COVID symptoms exhibit auto-antibodies to things like interferon. And interferon is an important cytokine release factor.”
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