To the Editor: Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) preferentially infects cells in the respiratory tract, 1,2 but its direct affinity for organs other than the lungs remains poorly defined. Here, we present data from an autopsy series of 27 patients (see the clinical data in Table S1 in the Supplementary Appendix, available with the full text of this letter at NEJM.org) that show that SARS-CoV-2 can be detected in multiple organs, including the lungs, pharynx, heart, liver, brain, and kidneys. We first quantified the SARS-CoV-2 viral load in autopsy tissue samples obtained from 22 patients who had died from Covid-19. Seventeen patients (77%) had more than two coexisting conditions (Figure 1A), and a greater number of coexisting conditions was associated with SARS-CoV-2 tropism for the kidneys (Table S2), even in patients without a history of chronic kidney disease (Table S3). The highest levels of SARS-CoV-2 copies per cell were detected in the respiratory tract, and lower levels were detected the kidneys, liver, heart, brain, and blood (Figure 1B). These findings indicate a broad organotropism of SARS-CoV-2. Since the kidneys are among the most common targets of SARS-CoV-2, we performed in silico analysis of publicly available data sets of single-cell RNA sequencing. This analysis revealed that RNA for angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2), transmembrane serine protease 2 (TMPRSS2), and cathepsin L (CTSL) — RNA of genes that are considered to facilitate SARS-CoV-2 infection 3 — is enriched in multiple kidney-cell types from fetal development through adulthood (Fig. S1). This enrichment may facilitate SARS-CoV-2–associated kidney injury, as previously suggested. 4 We also quantified the SARS-CoV-2 viral load in precisely defined kidney compartments obtained with the use of tissue microdissection from 6 patients who underwent autopsy (1 patient who was included in the previously mentioned 22 patients as an internal negative control, plus 5 additional patients). Three of these 6 patients had a detectable SARS-CoV-2 viral load in all kidney compartments examined, with preferential targeting of glomerular cells (Fig. S2). We also detected viral RNA and protein with high spatial resolution using in situ hybridization and indirect immunofluorescence with confocal microscopy (Figure 1C). Data on additional controls are provided in Figures S3 and S4. On the basis of these findings, renal tropism is a potential explanation of commonly reported new clinical signs of kidney injury in patients with Covid-19, 5 even in patients with SARS-CoV-2 infection who are not critically ill. Our results indicate that SARS-CoV-2 has an organotropism beyond the respiratory tract, including the kidneys, liver, heart, and brain, and we speculate that organotropism influences the course of Covid-19 disease and, possibly, aggravates preexisting conditions.