Monday, July 6, 2020
SARS-CoV-2 May Trigger Genetic Alterations in Platelets
COVID-19, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, is a major pandemic occurring at this very moment, affecting millions of people around the world. Its presence is terrifying enough, but recently, it was reported that blood-clotting cells in patients have been genetically altered due to the virus. Researchers at the University of Utah reported that these platelets are becoming “hyperactive,” ultimately leading to increased risk of life-threatening blood clots, such as a heart attack or stroke. Specific genetic processes seem to be affected, but it is still relatively unknown as to which processes cause these platelet changes. While researchers nationwide are currently studying whom this may affect most as well as how it could be prevented, clinical trials are either freshly underway or in the works.
As for what this means for us right now, we all must continue wearing masks, social distancing, and self-quarantining if we feel symptomatic. Until more research is conducted and a potential vaccine or cure is found for COVID-19, it is crucial to be aware of the serious health issues that remain even after the patient is cured.