Four factors that affect your likelihood of getting long-lasting COVID

New research suggests that there are four different factors that can increase your chances of getting long-lasting COVID.

COVID-19 virus, revealing symptoms of prolonged COVID

The four identified factors can be found early in COVID-19 infections.

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What are the four revealing signs?

These factors are found in people who later developed prolonged COVID-19 symptoms. Research has found that there is a link between the factors and prolonged COVID, even though the infection was mild. Read about it here.

The top four factors are:

  • 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

Dr. Onur Boyman, a researcher in the Department of Immunology at the University Hospital of Zurich, commented on the four factors. “These individuals may have a disadvantage from the start … they may also react a little differently to viruses, which then leads to a misunderstood immune response.”

It is important to identify these factors because “if these pathways are confirmed, we as clinicians can actually design interventions to make people better.”

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