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   Platelets may be contributing to COVID-19Platelets may be contributing to COVID-19
 
The current pandemic of COVID-19 is characterized mainly by severe acute respiratory distress of the lungs, but other organ dysfunctions are also being observed, including the heart and blood vessels. Now, a new paper published on the preprint server medRxiv* in June 2020 describes the abnormal activation of platelets in this disease and the link between this phenomenon and poor outcomes for COVID-19 patients.
 
   Organoids reveal inflammatory processes that play a role in infectious diseasesOrganoids reveal inflammatory processes that play a role in infectious diseases
 
Research is employing mini-organs to model the digestive tract in the laboratory setting. These supposed organoids shed light on the inflammatory processes.
 
 Immune response variations across the COVID-19 spectrum
 
Immune response variations across the COVID-19 spectrumA new study published on the preprint server medRxiv in June 2020 describes differences in the adaptive and innate immune response in mild, moderate, and severe COVID-19. This may mean that permanent immune responses occur only in patients who recover from severe COVID-19.
 
 
 Study reveals malaria's secret to surviving in the blood stream
 
Study reveals malaria's secret to surviving in the blood streamNew research from the Francis Crick Institute has found how the malaria parasite protects itself from toxic compounds in red blood cells.
 
 
 Study shows genetic factors may influence the susceptibility to COVID-19
 
Study shows genetic factors may influence the susceptibility to COVID-19A new Cleveland Clinic study has identified genetic factors that may influence susceptibility to COVID-19. Published today in BMC Medicine, the study findings could guide personalized treatment for COVID-19.
 
 
 Bacteriophage could help decrease mortality of patients with COVID-19
 
Bacteriophage could help decrease mortality of patients with COVID-19Bacteriophage can reduce bacterial growth in the lungs, limiting fluid build-up. This could decrease the mortality of patients affected by COVID-19, according to the peer-reviewed journal PHAGE: Therapy, Applications, and Research.