Key nose cells identified as likely COVID-19 virus entry points

Human Cell Atlas study could help understand transmission of the virus

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TWO specific cell types in the nose have been identified as likely initial infection points for COVID-19 coronavirus. Scientists discovered that goblet and ciliated cells in the nose have high levels of the entry proteins that the COVID-19 virus uses to get into our cells.