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A recent study identified 4 factors for developing long-term symptoms that extend over several weeks or months to “Covid 19”.
According to the study, which was published in the “Cell” magazine and was conducted on 200 people who were infected with the Corona virus, the first of these factors is the level of the RNA of the Corona virus in the blood upon infection, or what is known as “viral load”.
The second factor is the presence of some autoantibodies that the body produces to attack the virus, but they mistakenly attack the body’s cells as they do in cases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. The third factor is the reactivation of the Epstein-Barr virus, a virus that infects most people when they are young but over time falls into a state of hibernation.
The study revealed that the fourth factor is type 2 diabetes, although researchers and other experts said that in studies with larger numbers of patients, diabetes is not a common cause of long-term symptoms.
The study included several components and involved dozens of researchers at many universities and centers, including the Institute for Systems Biology, the University of Washington and the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle.
Dr. Stephen Dicks, a professor of medicine at the University of California, who was not involved in the study, said: “It is a “first real, robust attempt to devise some biological mechanisms to understand long-term symptoms of corona,” but he and other experts cautioned that the results were exploratory and would need to be verified by other experts. Through more research.
“The four factors are biologically plausible, consistent with other theories, and most importantly, each is verifiable,” Dr. Dix explained. He indicated that they can be helped as doctors in treating “Corona” patients better.
In turn, Jim Heath, the study’s lead researcher, said: “I think this research stresses the importance of taking measurements early in the disease course to know how to treat patients.”
“We did this analysis because we know patients are going to the doctors and saying they’re tired all the time, and the doctor just tells them to get more sleep. It’s not very helpful. So, we really wanted to have a way to quantify and say there’s something wrong with reality with these patients.”
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