There is new research that suggests four different factors that may increase your chances of getting long-term COVID-19 symptoms.
The news: A new study – published Tuesday in the medical journal Cell – identified four factors that can be found early in coronavirus infections.
- These factors are often seen in people who later developed prolonged COVID-19 symptoms.
- In fact, the researchers said there is a link between the factors and long-distance COVID, even though the infection was mild.
Quote: “This is the first real solid attempt to come up with some biological mechanisms for long-lasting Covid,” said Dr. Steven Deeks, professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, to The New York Times.
Why it’s important: “They’ve identified these four main factors,” Deeks said. “Each is biologically plausible, in line with theories that other people pursue, and most importantly, each is actionable. If these pathways are confirmed, we as clinicians can actually design interventions to make people better. That’s the message back home. ”
Details: The four factors were listed as such:
- The viral amount in one’s blood.
- The presence of certain autoantibodies, which are often used to fight the virus and its symptoms.
- The reactivation of the Epstein-Barr virus, which has been known to infect humans at a young age.
- The patient has type 2 diabetes.
What’s next: Researchers want to do more research into long-term COVID-19 so they can determine the criteria for knowing who is suffering from the disease, reports NBC News.
- “These individuals may have a disadvantage from the start,” said Dr. Onur Boyman, a researcher in the Department of Immunology at the University Hospital of Zurich, according to NBC News, “and so because of their asthmatic background, they may also respond a little differently to viruses, which then lead to a misunderstood immune response.”