Coronavirus. This word, almost unknown to the general public a few weeks ago, is now on everyone’s lips. On Monday March 9, SARS-CoV-2, which appeared in China at the end of December, had already infected more than 110,000 people and caused nearly 4,000 deaths worldwide. If scientists are still far from having uncovered all its secrets, we already know that this virus is capable of deeply shaking the organism of the most fragile, to the point of causing death. By what mechanisms? Le Figaro make the point.
What the virus does to the body
Once the virus has cleared its way to the body, it will quickly infect a cell to multiply there because it does not have sufficient resources to do it alone. But it does not target all cells without distinction. “Like those of SARS and the Seas, this virus is able in particular to cling to receptors on the surface of lung cells, but also of renal and colon cells”, explains Professor Anne Goffard, doctor and virologist at the CHU