Taste bud cells might not be a target of SARS-CoV-2: Study
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A new study published in ACS Pharmacology & Translational Science claims that the COVID-19 virus does not directly cause ageusia.

The study was done on adult mice to understand if ACE2 receptors were found in the taste bud cells located in the tongue.

Their analysis showed that taste bud cells do not express ACE2 receptors and are, therefore, not susceptible to direct attack or infection by SARS-CoV-2.

So, if taste bud cells are not vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus, how exactly are they getting so damaged?

The answer, according to the researchers, is simple: other cell death mechanisms are at play during the course of the COVID-19 infection.

Researchers indicated that the inflammation that is caused due to COVID-19 infection may be responsible for the loss of taste.

Further research is clearly needed to understand taste bud cell death mechanism during COVID-19, and whether COVID-19 inflammation — particularly a cytokine storm — is responsible for the loss of taste.

Source: https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/presspacs/2020/acs-presspac-august-5-2020/taste-bud-cells-might-not-be-a-target-of-sars-cov-2.html
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Then why many c+ pts c/o loss of taste?
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