I'm interested in better understanding this Nature publication, discussing the potential for Covid to infect t-cells.
After describing the results they conclude:
"Based on the results of pseudovirus and live virus infection, here we proved that (1) SARS-CoV-2 could infect T cells, (2) SARS-CoV-2 infected T cells through receptor-dependent, S protein-mediated membrane fusion, and (3) infection could be inhibited by EK1 peptide."
Is this big news? I am not an expert but I believe that HIV's special trait is it's ability to infect CD4+ T cells. If this virus has this ability, does it mean it will have long-term effects like lymphocytopenia, which occurs in HIV?