March 5, 2021
It would seem the most efficient way to sterilize a population would be to make sperm immotile. Impairment of the cilia would accomplish this, and SARS-CoV-2 does exactly that. However, cilia in the human body are ubiquitous and effect far more processes than have been previously known.
For example. Long COVID may indeed be "all in your head," and by that, I mean by disruption of the Primary Cilia in the Medulla Oblangata:
Heart rate dysfunction
All reflex responses
Blood pressure dysregulation
Brain chemical balance - including serotonin
As it turns out, the Primary Cilia are vital for maintaining proper functioning of our brainstems.
Also, the nAChR connection is explained - Inactivating α7 nAChR function in vitro increases cell proliferation during the initial steps of the epithelium regeneration.
Activating nAChRs stops epithelium regeneration.
Your lungs cannot repair themselves.
Medulla Oblongata: Function and Location
Cilia in the nervous system: linking cilia function and neurodevelopmental disorders
Ciliary dysfunction secondary to COVID-19. Explanation of the pathogenesis from analysis of human interactome with SARSCoV-2 proteome
TTBK2 and primary cilia are essential for the connectivity and survival of cerebellar Purkinje neurons
α7 Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor Regulates Airway Epithelium Differentiation by Controlling Basal Cell Proliferation