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Photo showing how COVID19 affects the lungs

You're looking at SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus responsible for Covid-19 that’s no doubt not only ruined your 2020, but changed the world.

Reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, scientists at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have released striking images of the SARS-CoV-2 virus infecting bronchial cells. You’d typically find these cells in the main passageway into the lungs, but here they were in a petri-dish for the purpose of imaging.

"These images of SARS-CoV-2 infected cultures showing ciliated cells jam-packed with viruses releasing large clumps of virus particles make a strong case for the use of masks by infected and uninfected individuals to limit SARS-CoV-2 transmission," Camille Ehre, an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine's Marsico Lung Institute who captured the images.

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