For most people, COVID-19 is now like a common cold, with symptoms such as a sore throat and a runny nose. But experts have revealed that some survivors could experience life-threatening side effects after they’ve recovered from the initial infection, reports New York Post.
Life threatening complications
Omicron has been found to be milder than other variants that came before it.
Scientists at Washington University in St Louis, have warned that anyone that’s recovered could be at risk of nasty complications in the year after infection.
Several studies have identified some potentially life-threatening complications including:
- Heart attack
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart failure
- Blood clotting
- Irregular heartbeat
- Pulmonary embolism
- Anxiety disorders
What are the outcomes of the study?
The experts analyzed the records of 150,000 COVID-positive people and found that the rate of conditions such as coronary disease, strokes and heart failure, was noticeably higher in those who had been infected compared to those who had not.
The researchers said that this difference was also visible in people who had mild cases of the virus – so may not have been hospitalized with the bug.
The risk of heart attack increased by 63 percent after having Covid, while the risk of coronary artery disease or a stroke, was 72 percent and 52 percent respectively.
Another study used databases from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and found that people who contracted Covid were more likely to develop mental health issues in the year after initial diagnosis.
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Source: New York Post