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Why are some COVID-19 infected people asymptomatic?

- Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Immune cells in the lungs are important for the immune system's recognition and fight against viruses. However, the virus that produces COVID-19 is not recognised by these cells, as the virus may hide its genomic material, and as a result the cells' immune system against the virus is not activated. This may help explain why some people with COVID-19 are asymptomatic in the early stages of the disease.

[Translate to English:] Forskningen er udført i et samarbejde mellem forskere fra Aarhus Universitet og Aarhus Universitetshospital: Forreste række ses de to førsteforfattere af den videnskabelige artikel i EMBO Reports (fra venstre): Louise Dalskov og Michelle Møhlenberg. Bager