Poor Gut Health Connected To Severe Covid-19: Study
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People infected with COVID-19 experience a wide range of symptoms and severities. The infection can affect the liver, kidney, heart, spleen, and even the gastrointestinal tract. A study examined emerging evidence suggesting that poor gut health adversely affects COVID-19 prognosis.

Based on the analysis, the researcher proposed that gut dysfunction and its associated leaky gut may exacerbate the severity of infection by enabling the virus to access the surface of the digestive tract and internal organs.

Advanced age and chronic conditions have a well-known association with altered gut microbiota. This imbalance can affect gut barrier integrity, which can allow pathogens and pathobionts easier access to cells in the intestinal lining. Many recent studies have found reduced bacterial diversity in gut samples collected from COVID-19 patients, compared to samples from healthy people.

Eating more fiber may lower a person's risk of serious disease. And fecal microbiota transplantation might be a treatment worth considering for patients with the worst cases of COVID-19. The problem with gut health goes beyond COVID-19. Once the pandemic passes, the world will still have to reckon with chronic diseases and other problems associated with poor gut health.

Source:
https://mbio.asm.org/content/12/1/e03022-20
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