New research suggests that there are four different factors could increase your chances of getting long COVID.
The four identified factors can be found early in COVID-19 infections.
What are the four telltale signs?
These factors are found in people who later developed long-lasting COVID-19 symptoms. Research has found that there is a connection between the factors and long COVID, even if the infection was mild. Read about it here.
The top four factors are:
- The viral load in one’s blood
- The presence of certain autoantibodies, which are often used to combat the virus and its symptoms
- The reactivation of the Epstein-Barr virus, which has been known to infect people at a young age
- The patient has Type 2 diabetes
Dr. Onur Boyman, a researcher in the department of immunology at University Hospital Zurich made a comment on the four factors. “These individuals might have a disadvantage from the start…they might also react slightly differently to viruses, which then leads to a misguided immune response.”
Identifying these factors is important because “if these pathways get confirmed, we as clinicians can actually design interventions to make people better.”