By Mary Kekatos Senior Health Reporter For Dailymail.com
Published: 16:11 BST, 11 August 2020 | Updated: 16:13 BST, 11 August 2020
We all know that the novel coronavirus impacts the lungs, and can spread to other organs such as the heart, kidneys and liver.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, researchers have struggled to understand why the virus doesn't impact other sets of organs.
But a new study from Spain suggests that proteins found in the lungs act as the primary activators.
The team, from the University of Zaragoza and the Fundación Agencia Aragonesa para la Investigación y el Desarrollo, in Spain, found that proteins in the lungs are triggered by the virus, which causes proteins in certain organs to activate, making them more susceptible to infection.
Researchers looked at proteins in the lungs and how they interact with proteins the virus uses to infect cells. Pictured: A healthcare worker tends to a patient in the COVID Unit at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas, July 2
These trigger in certain proteins in organs such as the heart, kidneys and liver, making them more susceptible to infection. Pictured: Members of the medical staff treat a patient who is wearing helmet-based ventilator in the COVID-19 ICU at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas, July 28
The virus uses a protein found on the outside of cells