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Covid-19 effects on human kidney cells

Date: 15 June 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous


Researchers have indulged in studying the effects of SARS CoV-2 virus on kidney cells of humans in lab settings.



Kidney failure and long term organ damage is a common symptom of people infected with Covid-19 as well as those recovered.



The study gave observations such as:

  • Till now there is no clear evidence to determine if the damage is a direct result of virus infection or response of body to infection.

  • The SARS Cov-2 virus was able to replicate in kidney cells when they were infected. This however did not result in death of the cell.

  • Already damaged kidney cells are more vulnerable for getting infected from the virus than normal healthy cells.

  • Interferon molecules in cells created inflammatory response as a result of infection. Cells that did not contain interferon molecules died and that prevented spread of infection.



  • The studies emphasised that virus was not the primary reason for damage of kidney cells and prior injury may be the main reason.

  • If such prior injury already exists in kidneys, the virus makes use of the opportunity and jumps onto such cells. Protection of kidney may prevent fatal damage during infection.

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