The Centenary Institute’s Executive Director, Professor Mathew Vadas, together with other leading Australian researchers, have featured in a recent ABC News article, explaining that COVID-19 appears to be far more than just a respiratory disease.
The article notes that the SARS-CoV-2 virus, in severe cases, has been shown to invade blood vessels both in the lungs, and in other parts of the body as well as to cause cardiovascular complications.
“At this stage of knowledge I think we can say that [COVID-19] is also a vascular disease because the virus has been demonstrated to be in these linings of blood vessel cells, and has been demonstrated to cause damage there,” Professor Vadas says.
Fully understanding the properties of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is critical to developing new treatments as well as for potentially repurposing existing therapeutics.
Read the full ABC News story here.
Find out more about the COVID-19 research projects being undertaken at the Centenary Institute here.
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