Coronavirus ‘cytokine storm’: this over-active immune response could be behind some fatal cases of COVID-19
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Despite over 200,000 deaths reported worldwide, scientists are only just beginning to understand the impact COVID-19 has on the body. As well as targeting the lungs and the respiratory system, the virus is causing cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and even neurological symptoms.
Early research is also indicating that many of the fatal cases of COVID-19 result from over-activation of a person’s immune system. A better understanding of this phenomenon, often referred to as a “cytokine storm”, could be key in preventing the virus’s deadly effects