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Microbiome reflects COVID-19 severity

SARS-CoV-2 infection notoriously impairs respiratory function. Given that the microbiome, or community of microorganisms inhabiting the upper respiratory tract (URT), is involved in regulating respiratory health and immune response, a timely study by Suman Das, Ph.D., and colleagues assessed whether the URT microbiome reflects COVID-19 severity.