A recent study has found that the Corona virus transforms infected cells in a highly unusual way, forcing them to grow long, prominent branches that penetrate multiple healthy cells simultaneously.
Scientists took a closer look at the effects of SARS-CoV-2 – the Corona virus that causes “Covid-19” – through a powerful microscope at the National Institutes of Health in the United States and the University of Freiburg, Germany.
They revealed that the virus makes the infected cells grow pasta-like “claws”, to reach several cells that are still in good health nearby. The virus appears to be using these branching structures, called filopodia, as syringes to stimulate other cells and inject them with a viral load, according to a study published in the journal Cell.
“There are long chains that make holes in other cells and the virus passes through the tube from one cell to another,” said Nivan Krogan, director of the Institute for Quantitative Biological Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, and leader of an international group of scientists.
“Our hypothesis is that this process speeds up infection,” Krojan said.
Scientists have revealed that the method of infection via filopodia is largely unusual, because not many viruses do this. Those that do, like smallpox, do not cause cells to germinate many branches, and their structure differs from that of the new corona virus. Usually, small viral molecules simply “dock” onto larger cells, and “hijack” their functions.
More than 9.8 million people were infected with “Covid-19” worldwide, and about 495,000 people had died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.