- Researchers discovered that people who suffer from acid reflux and Barrett’s esophagus are at risk of contracting the novel coronavirus in an unusual way via food.
- People suffering from Barrett’s esophagus develop intestinal cells in the esophagus following prolonged acid reflux. These cells have receptors that can bind to the coronavirus.
- However, there’s no evidence that people suffering from Barrett’s have higher rates of contracting COVID-19 or are at greater risk than anyone else. But more research is required to determine the actual risk of infection in this category of patients.
More than a year has passed since the first infection with the novel coronavirus was confirmed, so most people should know how the virus spreads. Droplets and aerosols generated via coughing, sneezing, and talking can spread through the air and enter the upper airways of other people. The virus gains entry via the nose, mouth, or eyes, and starts spreading in local cells. Eventually, it reaches the lungs, which is where it does the most damage.
That’s why face masks, social distancing, hand washing, and proper ventilation of indoor spaces are advised. There’s also the risk of infection by touching contaminated surfaces, although it’s droplets and aerosols that are the main drivers of infection. But researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis hypothesize that some people might be at risk of infection in an unusual way: Eating food.
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