Does SARS VOC 2 infect the T-lymphocytes that are essential to our immune system?

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In a tweet, Jacob Glanville, an immuno-engineer and American businessman, states that "Covid-19 patients have very low T-cell counts. "This implies that "the immune system is at its worst, so it is harder to eliminate the virus and the body can also be more easily infected by other diseases. He implicitly makes the link with the functioning of the AIDS virus, which is housed in the cells of the immune system. We are verifying his claim. 

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08 Apr 2020

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26 Apr 2020

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28 Apr 2020

Log

We checked out Jacob Glanville's claim. We verified the study in question.  We have interviewed various immunologists/immunologists.  We wrote to the "nature.com" group to get more information about the timing of the validation of this study and they said they would get back to us with more information soon.  We discovered that one of the co-author is also the editor in chief of the journal. We discovered that the same co-author , also editor in chief, was also in charge of a study published in one day.

Tracks and conclusions

The information, which is currently not widely shared in France, has been widely shared in the United States. It was relayed by a certain Dr Jacob Glanville (see tweet).

This study conducted by Chinese researchers has been validated. But apparently it was misanalysed according to a renowned molecular immunologist, Leonardo Ferreira. 

It was not published by "nature.com" but by "Cellular & Molecular immunology" which belongs to the "nature.com" group but does not receive the same credit. This explains why their site address is hosted on nature.com. 

Moreover, its stake was to demonstrate that SARS-CoV-2 has similarities with AIDS. However, the researchers were unable to prove that infection of the cells of the immune system caused apoptosis (death of the cell) because this was not the case. This is the case with the AIDS virus.

We discovered that one of the co-author is also the editor in chief of the journal. We discovered that the same co-author , also editor in chief, was also in charge of a study published in one day.

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  • Eleonore Truchat

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