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USA Today: How and why coronavirus makes you sick

UC expert explains the mechanics of how people develop COVID-19

USA Today turned to Dr. Carl Fichtenbaum of the UC Division of Infectious Diseases as the lone medical source for a story explaining how the coronavirus spreads from person to person and physically impacts people who develop COVID-19. 

four-panel illustration shows how the coronavirus spreads from one person to another

Illustration from USA Today showing how the coronavirus infects people. Photo credit/Kevin Necessary/Cincinnati Enquirer

Dr. Fichtenbaum told USA Today the virus is spread when an infected person expels tiny droplets from the mouth, throat or lungs, usually during a cough or sneeze.

“Viruses need something else’s machinery to help generate them,” Fichtenbaum says. “They’re what we call a parasite.”

Fichtenbaum said the reason some people with COVID-19 lose their sense of smell is because the virus somehow interferes with the olfactory nerve, which transmits sensory data to the brain and is responsible for the sense of smell.

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Featured image at top Dr. Carl Fichtenbaum/Photo credit/Colleen Kelley/UC Creative Services + Brand

Find the latest details related to coronavirus disease 2019 (covid-19) on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, and follow UC's latest information with regard to the virus.