Why Certain COVID-19 Patients Die

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

The immune system is complex and involves many genes, including those that encode cytokines known as interferons (IFNs). Individuals who lack specific IFNs can be more susceptible to infectious diseases. Additionally, the autoantibody system dampens IFNs response to prevent damage from pathogen-induced inflammation. Two recent studies now examine the likelihood that genetics affects the risk of severe coronavirus disease 2019 …