A scanning electron microscope image shows the new coronavirus (round magenta objects) emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. Image: National Institutes of Health via EPA-EFE A scanning electron microscope image shows the new coronavirus (round magenta objects) emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. Image: National Institutes of Health via EPA-EFE
A scanning electron microscope image shows the new coronavirus (round magenta objects) emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. Image: National Institutes of Health via EPA-EFE

From no symptoms to sudden death: immune system holds clues to wide range of coronavirus outcomes

  • In some patients – mostly men – body goes rogue and attacks own defences instead of fighting Covid-19
  • Children may fare better than adults thanks to robust ‘first responder’ immune cells that wane with age

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
A scanning electron microscope image shows the new coronavirus (round magenta objects) emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. Image: National Institutes of Health via EPA-EFE A scanning electron microscope image shows the new coronavirus (round magenta objects) emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. Image: National Institutes of Health via EPA-EFE
A scanning electron microscope image shows the new coronavirus (round magenta objects) emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. Image: National Institutes of Health via EPA-EFE
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