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Medicine’s Mahmoud Ghannoum discusses the effects severe COVID-19 has on gut health

Long COVID linked to unbalanced gut microbiome: What to know now

Headshot of Mahmoud Ghannoum outside the CWRU school of medicine building

Healthline: Mahmoud Ghannoum, professor at the School of Medicine, discussed research linking the gut microbiome to the severity of COVID-19. In those studies, patients with more severe COVID-19 tend to have a decreased microbial diversity in the intestines, he said. In addition, he noted they often have a reduction in beneficial microbes that help support the immune system and an increase in pathogenic microbes, those that “cause trouble.”