The Mouth’s Connection to SARS-CoV-2

I would like to call your attention to research published late last week with evidence that novel coronavirus infects the mouth’s cells. The potential of the virus to infect multiple areas of the body might help explain the wide-ranging symptoms experienced by COVID-19 patients, including oral symptoms such as taste loss, dry mouth, and blistering. You will find other insights from the article “SARS-CoV-2 Infection of the Oral Cavity and Saliva” published in Nature Medicine.

It is encouraging that researchers around the world are continuing to uncover the mysteries of SARS-CoV-2 and its connection to the oral cavity and the rest of the body.  This work reminds us of the importance of scholarship in enhancing the art and science of our profession and expanding our knowledge and understanding of health.  I had the opportunity to participate in a program with Brazilian physicist and astronomer Marcelo Gleiser and I am reminded of another of my favorite quotes.

As the island of Knowledge grows, so do the shores of our ignorance – the boundary between the known and the unknown. Learning more about the world doesn’t lead to a point closer to a final destination but to more questions and mysteries.” –Marcelo Gleiser

Be well and stay curious.