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Is COVID-19 an Endothelial Disease? Clinical and Basic Evidence

Version 1 : Received: 9 April 2020 / Approved: 13 April 2020 / Online: 13 April 2020 (02:23:33 CEST)

How to cite: Sardu, C.; Gambardella, J.; Morelli, M.B.; Wang, X.; Marfella, R.; Santulli, G. Is COVID-19 an Endothelial Disease? Clinical and Basic Evidence. Preprints 2020, 2020040204 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202004.0204.v1). Sardu, C.; Gambardella, J.; Morelli, M.B.; Wang, X.; Marfella, R.; Santulli, G. Is COVID-19 an Endothelial Disease? Clinical and Basic Evidence. Preprints 2020, 2020040204 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202004.0204.v1).

Abstract

The symptoms most commonly reported by patients affected by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) include cough, fever, and shortness of breath. However, other major events usually observed in COVID-19 patients (e.g. high blood pressure, thrombosis, pulmonary embolism) seem to suggest that the virus is targeting the endothelium, one of the largest organs in the human body. Herein, we report both clinical and preclinical evidence supporting the hypothesis that the endothelium is a key target organ of COVID-19.

Subject Areas

Covid-19; coronavirus; cardiovascular disease; thrombosis; hypertension; endothelial dysfunction

Comments (2)

Comment 1
Received: 21 April 2020
Commenter: Fabio Strelo
The commenter has declared there is no conflict of interests.
Comment: Yes, I think this is the key to find a better treatment and a vaccin.

Please, check the results from Swiss study :
http://www.en.usz.ch/media/press-releases/pages/covid-19-endotheliitis.aspx
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Comment 2
Received: 7 May 2020
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Comment: See the peer-reviewed version here: https://tinyurl.com/ybd95wo2
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