Research shows that multiple COVID infections could lead to severe health complications
A recently published study found that multiple cases of COVID-19 reinfection could severely affect several organ systems.
A recent study published in the journal Nature Medicine found that repeated COVID-19 infections could cause strain on various organ systems, leading to severe long and short-term health complications.
Key findings: The study found that COVID-19 can impact the body’s organ systems during the duration of the illness and long after, regardless of vaccination status.
- The research further explains that people who have contracted COVID-19 multiple times are more likely to be diagnosed with long COVID, as opposed to individuals who have only had the virus once.
- People who had been infected with COVID-19 more than once were three times more likely to be hospitalized and twice as likely to die than those who had only had the virus once, according to the study.
- To gather their data, the team analyzed 5.3 million health records from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, comparing the health status of people who have not tested positive for COVID-19 over the last two years to the records of people who have tested positive for the virus once, and then against a group that had contracted the virus multiple times.
Bottom line: Ziyad Al-Aly, one of the authors of the study, told The Washington Post that when it comes to COVID-19, reinfection “absolutely” matters.
- Previous Deseret News reporting has found that there is not one simple answer when it comes to COVID-19 immunity. While vaccination and previous infection have been shown to reduce chances of reinfection, it doesn’t reduce that chance to zero.
- Al-Aly told the Post that as the holidays approach, people should consider what they can do to minimize the risk of infection.
- “I’m not advocating for lockdown or any draconian measures, but I feel if you are boarding a plane, for example, to see your family for Thanksgiving, well, wear that mask as it will protect you and those around you,” he said.