ONE Covid infection increases the risk of getting another disease within a year by about half for over 65 years as the virus takes its toll on the body’s defenses, a new study suggests.
This showed that 32 percent of older adults became infected Covid developed at least one new condition that required medical attention in the months following their infection.
This compared to 21 percent of those who did not have Covid, according to the study, published in BMJ.
Conditions involved a number of important organs and systems, including the heart, kidneys, lungs and liver, as well as mental complications.
Previous Covid patients were 7.6 percent more likely to have respiratory failure within a year than those who had not had the virus.
They were also 5.7 percent more likely to suffer from fatigue, 4.4 percent more likely to have high blood pressure, and 2.5 percent more likely to be diagnosed with a mental health problem.
“With more than 357 million people infected with coronavirus worldwide, the number of survivors developing another condition after their infection will continue to grow,” said Ken Cohen, of the Optum Labs research organization in Minnesota.
The term sequelae is used to describe a condition that is the consequence of a previous illness or injury.
“These results further highlight the wide range of important sequelae following acute infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus,” says Dr. Cohen.
“Understanding the magnitude of the risk of major clinical sequelae can improve their diagnosis and management of people with comorbidities following acute SARS-CoV-2 infection,” he added.
The study did not look at the effect of having Covid under 65 years of age.