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Study: SARS-CoV-2 Virus Can Infect Inner Ear

Manny Berhanu

SARS-CoV-2 Virus Can Infect the Inner Ear, Study Suggests

A study provided by MIT and Massachusetts Eye and Ear suggests that the inner ear can be affected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The study worked with 10 adult patients who suffered from symptoms such as tinnitus, hearing loss and dizziness in the space of three weeks following their COVID-19 diagnosis. Analysis was made with both human and mouse inner ear tissue by researchers and they  established that the human inner ear tissue contains the “molecular machinery to allow SARS-CoV-2 entry.”

Researchers went onto state that their findings suggested that “inner ear infection may underline COVID-19-associated problems with hearing and balance.”

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