Repeat COVID is riskier than first infection, study finds

(VOVWORLD) -The risk of death, hospitalization and serious health issues from COVID-19 jumps significantly with reinfection compared with a first bout with the virus, regardless of vaccination status, a study published on Thursday suggests.
Repeat COVID is riskier than first infection, study finds - ảnh 1Medics tend to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Alexandrovska hospital in Sofia, Bulgaria, January 29, 2022. (Photo: REUTERS)

"Reinfection with COVID-19 increases the risk of both acute outcomes and long COVID," said Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly of Washington University School of Medicine.  "This was evident in unvaccinated, vaccinated and boosted people," he said. Reinfected patients had a more than doubled risk of death and a more than tripled risk of hospitalization compared with those who were infected with COVID just once. They also had elevated risks for problems with lungs, heart, blood, kidneys, diabetes, bones and muscles, and neurological disorders, according to a report published in Nature Medicine.