Understanding who gets long COVID and why

With three years under our belt, since we first heard of COVID-19, most of us have had the virus at one point or another.

And for many of us, the virus has hit more than once.

Unfortunately, even when bouts with the virus are mild, experts are now warning that repeated infections can have serious consequences.

That’s because the more times you have COVID, the higher your odds are of suffering from long-haul symptoms…

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Debilitating effects and potentially lifelong consequences

Aptly named long COVID, it’s a phenomenon wherein the initial virus seems to clear, but the problems it brings linger.

Known for causing a host of conditions, long COVID has been linked to micro-clots in the blood and includes debilitating symptoms such as:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Brain fog
  • Memory issues
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart palpitations
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Tinnitus or ringing in the ears

While global estimates now put the number of people living with long COVID at around 65 million, it’s been difficult to determine how likely anyone who’s been infected is to end up with the long-haul symptoms. Research has shown the odds could vary anywhere from 10 percent to 50 percent.

But now, it appears the variable in that equation may have to do with the number of times a person has been infected with the virus.

Reinfection leads to long COVID in multiple organ systems

Epidemiologists followed 138,818 US veterans with SAR-CoV-2 infections across two years and found that reinfection increases the risk of long COVID in multiple organ systems.

In fact, their study showed that the negative health effects of two rounds of COVID-19 infections are worse than one. And three infections are even worse than two!

In other words, long COVID is actually a cumulative problem. And every time you’re infected, your risk goes up.

As physician Rambod Rouhbakhsh puts it, “Each subsequent COVID infection will increase your risk of developing chronic health issues like diabetes, kidney disease, organ failure and even mental health problems.”

And he warns, “This dispels the myth that repeated brushes with the virus are mild and you don’t have to worry about it. It is akin to playing Russian roulette.”

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So how do repeated COVID rounds lead to long-term problems? Well, as is much about COVID-19, it’s not completely clear yet.

However, what we do know is that the virus attacks the cells in our body most critical for creating long-term immunity. It sweeps its way into our memory T cells and causes them to self-destruct.

This means that whether you suffer from a mild or severe infection, the virus leaves these cells depleted and your body more open for additional infections, whether from COVID again, or another disease, like the flu or pneumonia.

Long COVID help

The good news is that for those of us living with the symptoms of Long COVID, researchers are also exploring ways to help…

#1 – Help for COVID fatigue

One of the main symptoms of Long COVID is extreme and often debilitating fatigue. Research has shown that resetting the vagus nerve can provide dramatic relief from this symptom. A supplement combo, including L-arginine and liposomal vitamin C, has been shown to help in a matter of days.

#2 – Supporting cellular energy

COVID-19 has been found to zap mitochondria — the “power generators” within cells. CoQ10 and PQQ are two nutrients that have been researched for their support of mitochondria.

#3 – Reduce risk of infection

Past research shows that vitamin D helps reduce the risk of respiratory infections. In fact, low vitamin D levels raise the risk of both respiratory diseases (like tuberculosis, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and respiratory infections caused by bacteria and viruses. Low levels of the vitamin have also been linked to fatigue.

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Every COVID Infection Increases Your Risk of Long COVID, Study Warns – Science Alert

Most Americans have now had Covid-19 – but experts are predicting the next surge – CNN

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

By Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst is a board-certified Doctor of Chiropractic, with more than 20 years of experience. She has dedicated herself to helping others enjoy life at every age through the use of alternative medicine and natural wellness options. Dr. Schmedthorst enjoys sharing her knowledge with the alternative healthcare community, providing solutions for men and women who are ready to take control of their health the natural way.