SARS-CoV-2 targets mitochondria: study

Findings imply that energy production and immunity become impaired: researchers

Researchers have discovered an important line of attack used by the novel coronavirus, finding it targets mitochondrial function.

Dr Pinchas Cohen of the US' University of Southern California, and his team published their findings in Scientific Reports, saying SARS-CoV-2 caused impairments in genes regulating mitochondria.

"We knew that when the virus attacks cells, bad things happen — but we didn't know why," Dr Cohen said.

"Now we can say, when the virus attacks cells, it damages the mitochondria."