Gut microbiota may play role in COVID-19 severity

Coronavirus patients lack bacteria known to regulate the immune system, researchers say 
Reuters Health

The gut microbiome may influence the severity of COVID-19 as well as the magnitude of the immune response to the infection, according to a study.

Researcher Dr Siew Ng of the Chinese University of Hong Kong says the findings show the composition of gut microbiota in COVID-19 patients is different from uninfected individuals, and links to disease severity.