Scientists from the Max Planck Center for Physics and Medicine and the German Center for Immunotherapy studied blood samples 55
We found significant changes in lymphocyte stiffness, monocyte size, neutrophil size and deformability, as well as heterogeneity in red blood cell change and size.
As a result, it turned out that patients withwith coronavirus or those who had already been ill, the lymphocytes were much softer than those of healthy participants in the experiment. Therefore, they, in particular, deformed more easily. Other blood cells - monocytes - in the first group increased in volume.
These changes, the authors note, can impede blood circulation and contribute to hypoxemia - a low oxygen content in the blood.
The authors suggest that such changes can reveal coronavirus infection, for example, in a latent form.
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