U of U research on COVID-19 and the problematic immune responses it may trigger

Today on In the Hive we hear from two University of Utah researchers who have been carrying out studies on the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, and particularly the sometimes problematic ways our bodies respond to it. One complication of our experience with this deadly virus is tied to the normally helpful processes it triggers inside our bodies as our immune system kicks into high gear to try to fight it off.

Guests:
Dr. Robert A. Campbell, assistant professor in the University of Utah’s Department of Internal Medicine.
Dr. Campbell is the lead author of a study published in the American Society of Hematology journal Blood, which found that changes in blood platelets triggered by COVID-19 could contribute to the onset of heart attacks, strokes, and other serious complications in some patients who have the disease.

Dr. Christian Con Yost, professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Yost is the co-author on a study published in the same journal about the immune overactive defense response some COVID-19 patients have that may lead to increased blood clotting, disease severity, and death – as well as potential therapies to help suppress that response.

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