There are new search which hints at four different factors that could increase your chances of having long symptoms of COVID-19.
The news: A new study — published Tuesday in the cell medical journal – identified four factors that can be found early in coronavirus infections.
- These factors are often seen in people who later developed long-lasting COVID-19 symptoms.
- In reality, the researchers said there is a correlation between the factors and long-term COVID, even if the infection was mild.
Quote: “This is the first really solid attempt to propose biological mechanisms for long Covid,” said Dr. Steven Deeks, professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. The New York Times.
Why is this important: “They identified these four major factors,” Deeks said. “Each is biologically plausible, consistent with theories other people are pursuing, and most importantly, each is actionable. If these pathways are confirmed, we as clinicians can actually design interventions to improve people. That’s the take home message.
Details: The four factors have been listed as such:
- The viral load in the blood.
- The presence of certain autoantibodies, which are often used to fight the virus and its symptoms.
- The reactivation of the Epstein-Barr virus, known to infect people at a young age.
- The patient is type 2 diabetic.
And after: Researchers want to do more research on the long COVID-19 so they can determine criteria for who has the disease, NBC News reports.
- “These people might be at a disadvantage right from the start,” said Dr. Onur Boyman, a researcher in the department of immunology at University Hospital Zurich, according to BNC News“and then because of their history of asthma, they might also react slightly differently to viruses, which then leads to an erroneous immune response.”