‘I’m concerned’: Experts say reinfection with Covid accumulates risk of health complications

Stuart Ray, professor of medicine and infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, shares his concerns. “Evidence is accumulating that recurring Covid increases the risk of short-term and long-term complications,” said Prof Ray. In particular, the health risks associated with Covid include cardiovascular and mental health issues.

Professor Wray told The Guardian: “We will only know in hindsight just how big that price is.

“But new evidence suggests that as infections accumulate, there are additional costs.”

While the latest UK government figures show that the number of people testing positive for Covid in England has dropped, this may be due to a growing reluctance of people to get tested.

In the US, “hospitals are at full capacity,” Brendan Williams, president and CEO of the New Hampshire Health Association, said of current performance in his region.

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“I’m not sure what the trajectory of this thing will be, but I’m worried.”

The best protection against disease has been provided by vaccination and improved hygiene protocols.

Professor Ray stated, “Boosters really do make a difference…it’s still the safest way to get immunity.”

However, the mandatory wearing of masks in the UK is no longer in effect and travel abroad has reopened.

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Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Maryland School of Public Health Neil Segal shared his perspective.

“I think most people who don’t wear masks today just don’t know they have to do it,” he said.

Sehgal added: “There are people for whom a mild infection is actually not that easy, either because of their underlying health condition or because of social factors in their lives.”

He said “it’s just a terrible self-inflicted wound” when people walk around without protection.

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Professor Ray interjected, “When we could wear a mask, why not?”

In the seven days to 9 January 2023, 5,659 patients were admitted to hospitals, according to the latest figures from the UK government.

In the same time period (until January 7, 2023), there were 891 deaths within 28 days of testing positive for Covid.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes the potential long-term consequences of contracting Covid.

“Post-like states” may include: palpitations, trouble sleeping, abdominal pain, and brain fog.

The virus can lead to respiratory, neurological, and digestive problems, as well as joint or muscle pain.

The CDC says: “People experiencing post-COVID illnesses can seek help from a health care provider.”

Together, you can “come up with a personalized treatment plan that can help improve symptoms and quality of life.”

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