Impaired Blood Clotting May Explain Higher COVID-19 Risk

This shows a diagram from the studyHigher levels of plasmin, an enzyme involved in blood clotting prevention, enhances the virulence and infectivity of SARS-CoV-2 by cleaving its spike proteins. Enhanced levels of plasmin are common in a range of diseases, including diabetes and heart disease. The findings shed light on why those with hypertension and diabetes are at increased risk of complications following coronavirus infection.