Metagenomic analysis of RNA sequencing data reveals SARS-CoV-2-mediated progressive dysbiosis of upper respiratory tract microbiota
COVID-19, an infectious disease caused by a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) has emerged as global pandemic. Here, we described the changes in microbiota of upper respiratory tract by analyzing the publically available RNA sequencing data of SARS-CoV-2-infected ferrets. The bacterial dysbiosis due to SARS-CoV-2 was largely inversely proportional to the dysbiosis caused by influenza-A virus. The bacterial taxa which are defined as healthy ecostate were significantly reduced during SARS-CoV-2 infection. Altogether, this preliminary study provides a new insight on the possible role of bacterial communities of upper respiratory tract in determining the immunity, susceptibility, and mortality for COVID-19.