Scientists have figured out how alcohol helps COVID-19 to enter the lungs

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A group of scientists from the University of Heidelberg in Germany reported that drinking alcohol helps the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus to enter the lungs, Izvestia writes.

“During experiments simulating three different conditions in chronic alcoholism, we found a significant increase in ACE2 expression in the lungs, which remains the most affected organ in patients with COVID-19», — experts said in a statement.

This conclusion was drawn from the results of a study in which laboratory mice were injected with alcohol according to three different schemes — with the help of injections, alcohol vapors and sharply depriving them of alcohol.

Then, in the organs of animals, the level of expression of genes involved in the mechanism of penetration of the coronavirus into the cells of the future host was measured.

Formerly, head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova stated that the mutated coronavirus is no longer able to enter the lungs, mainly the omicron strain affects the organs of the upper respiratory tract.

According to her, the virus has lost one of the receptors over time, which ensured its easy penetration into the cells . Now the coronavirus multiplies in the upper respiratory tract, causing tracheitis, while bronchitis is often observed in children.


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