Can the severity of Covid-19 symptoms have a correlation with the gut microbiome?
The severity of Covid-19 symptoms in patients infected with the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus can be predicted based on the microbes they carry in their intestines, a new study has shown1. This means that considering the makeup of a person’s microbial community, known as their microbiome, alongside other relevant clinical data such as their past medical history and age, could be a powerful tool for triaging Covid-19 cases.
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Dysbiosis is a modern-day problem that emerged when scientists discovered the astounding variety of microbes living on and in the human body. For the most part, these single-celled organisms are harmless (some are even good), and they live in symbiosis with you, the host. But microbes are sensitive little creatures, and their harmonious communities can be easily knocked off balance. This makes it easier for less friendly bugs to take over and do whatever suits them best — which is not always what your body needs. This is the simplified definition of dysbiosis.