New study may help explain low oxygen levels in COVID-19 patients

Shokrollah Elahi led new research that sheds light on why many COVID-19 patients have low levels of oxygen in their blood, and why the anti-inflammatory drug dexamethasone works to treat the potentially dangerous condition. (Photo: Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry) Shokrollah Elahi led new research that sheds light on why many COVID-19 patients have low levels of oxygen in their blood, and why the anti-inflammatory drug dexamethasone works to treat the potentially dangerous condition. (Photo: Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry)

New study may help explain low oxygen levels in COVID-19 patients

U of A researchers find SARS-CoV-2 infects immature red blood cells, reducing oxygen in the blood and impairing immune response.

A new study published in the journal Stem Cell Reports by University of Alberta researchers is shedding light on why many COVID-19 patients, even those not in hospital, are suffering from hypoxia—a potentially dangerous condition in which there is decreased oxygenation in the body’s tissues. The study also shows why the anti-inflammatory drug dexamethasone has been an effective treatment for those with the virus....

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