Could gum disease make coronavirus more deadly? People with the dental issue have higher levels of immune proteins involved in the ‘cytokine storm’ seen in severe COVID-19 cases

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Scientist have discovered a link between life-threatening coronavirus infection and gum disease in new research published Thursday.

Gum disease has known links to heart disease and chronic lung disease, both of which also put people at risk for becoming severely ill from or dying of COVID-19.

Researchers in California and Brazil found in a review of studies that COVID-19 patients with high levels of an inflammatory immune protein, called interleukin-6 (IL-6), that indicated they suffered from gum disease were far more likely to need ventilators to keep them alive.

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