Pesticide Exposure Increases Susceptibility to Covid-19

April 28, 2021 | Evidence presented at the Experimental Biology (EB) 2021 meeting finds that Gulf War Veterans and other individuals with prior pesticide exposures are more susceptible to Covid-19 infection. As the pandemic continues, it is critically important for researchers to better understand specific vulnerabilities in population groups in order to improve care and patient outcomes. Study coauthor, Prakash Nagarkatti, PhD at the University of South Carolina said, “This work sheds new light on exposure to pesticides and potential susceptibility to COVID-19 through altered immune response.” [Mondal, Ayan et al. (R4434) Environmental organophosphate co-exposure in pre-existing systemic inflammation can Increase susceptibility to SARS-COV-2 infection in human lung epithelial cells. Experimental Biology 2021. August, 2021.]