Covid: continue to reinfect oneself? Each time may increase risk of complications, study warns

The COVID-19 the UK is facing in June 2022 is a very different COVID-19 to the one it faced in January 2020; the virus is more transmissible but causes less severe disease. As a result, if someone is infected with Covid, they are less likely to be bedridden or sick for a significant period of time. Also, two years later many people have had Covid if not once then two or three times. New studies of multiple Covid episodes could have significant long-term impact.

Led by the University School of Medicine and VA in Saint Louis, the study investigated the impact of multiple Covid infections on the immune system.

Their findings were surprising.

The researchers found that there was a higher risk of hospitalization, lasting health consequences and death after each infection with the virus.

In a statement, the authors wrote, “Risks were lowest in people with one infection, increased in people with two infections, and highest in people with three or more infections.”

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The study authors believe theirs is the first to characterize the risks of reinfection and the likelihood of health complications.

The data suggests that people re-infected with Covid more than once had an increased risk of:
• Consequences for the lungs
• Cardiovascular complications
• Blood clotting
• Kidney problems
• Neurological problems
• Musculoskeletal problems
• Mental disorders
• Diabetes.

Dr Aubree Gordon of the University of Michigan said the study deserved “more ongoing research”.

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In a study published earlier this year, Covid was found to increase the risk of heart failure, heart attack and stroke by more than 50%, regardless of race, gender or origin. ethnic.

Additionally, the impact of COVID-19 complications is already being felt by patients across the country in a more permanent sense.

Around two million people are now living with long Covid in the UK.

A chronic inflammatory disease, long Covid is the experience of long Covid symptoms over a long period of time.

Although some patients have been suffering from symptoms for almost two years, there are fears that they will be left behind and forgotten.

So far, there is currently no effective treatment for long Covid and no cure.

This situation leaves patients in despair as waiting for developments harms their mental health.

This all comes as a new wave of coronavirus begins, one driven by two Omicron sub-variants, BA.4 and BA.5.