Only Severe COVID Cases Disrupted Oral Microbiomes

August 27, 2023 • Andrew Smith • Rutgers Health
Human face with mouth open and images of microbes

The gut microbiome dominates the headlines, but it’s not the only collection of tiny organisms that live inside you and affect your health. The oral microbiome — which populates the mouth and connects with the sinuses, larynx, trachea and lungs — harbors more than 700 species of bacteria.

How do those bacteria get there, what do they do, and why should you be glad they mostly survived COVID-19? Abigail Armstrong, a postdoctoral researcher at the Rutgers Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, explains some findings from her team’s new paper in eBioMedicine.

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