A study in the journal Cell, reported by the Seattle Times, suggests that there are four common factors in long COVID sufferers. The mystery of long COVID patients remains. There are still many questions about the long-term risks of COVID, but one study tells us more about the chances of contracting its extended form. Who is most likely to develop it?
The study proves the biological predispositions of long COVID
Some people may be more susceptible to physical, neurological or cognitive symptoms. These ailments may persist for months after the regular symptoms of the original COVID have disappeared. Some people have experienced persistent fatigue and brain fog, for example. A team of researchers established a hypothesis after two months of analysis on a panel of 200 patients, after they had been diagnosed as positive for COVID. It is as follows: specific biological factors could help predict whether a person will develop a long COVID.
Can you prevent this disease with treatment?
Dubbed with the (medical) name of 'acute after-effects', the persistent symptoms of the virus are apparently correlated with the natural predispositions of certain patients. The solution that scientists have advanced, is to possibly give antiviral drugs as a preventive measure shortly after the diagnosis of the infection. This would be the first 'biological' explanation for the cases of people with long COVID.