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As we navigate the ever-enthralling saga of Covid, let's take a moment to appreciate the fact that the virus's gift keeps on giving, even after the curtain has seemingly fallen. Yes, you heard it right – if you thought surviving Covid was your ticket to an all-clear, think again! Turns out, your post-Covid journey might involve some unwelcome surprises, like a horror movie sequel that just won't end. As if Long Covid wasn't enough, a recent study reveals that the risk of kicking the bucket sticks around like that pesky guest who overstays their welcome at a party. So, while you attempt to shake off the grips of Covid, don't be too surprised if it's there, lurking in the shadows, plotting its next "gotcha" moment. Because, hey, who doesn't love a good encore, right? Stay safe, and may the Covid odds be ever in your favor!

In a stark announcement, experts are sounding the alarm about the lingering dangers faced by individuals who have battled Covid over the past twenty-four months.

Study Unveils Prolonged Risk of Death

Recent research has uncovered a disturbing revelation: individuals who were hospitalized due to the virus are confronted with a significantly elevated risk of death for a span of two years following their initial infection.

Persisting Risk Amidst Vaccine Rollout

Despite the swift distribution of Covid vaccines, experts emphasize that the threat of mortality is still attributed to the virus itself rather than the vaccinations, REALLY? I find this hard to believe... anyway, let's continue with the STORY.

Long Covid's Perilous Toll

According to an MSN report, the aftermath of Long Covid continues to cast a shadow over the lives of numerous individuals worldwide. A groundbreaking study has brought to light a series of shocking insights. Those who endured the disease's severe impact and were initially hospitalized now face substantially higher odds of succumbing to an array of complications.

Unveiling New Horizons in Covid Consequences

While previous research focused on respiratory and pulmonary issues persisting in the weeks and months following a Covid infection, a new study published in Nature Medicine delves into the long-term health implications and the looming threat of mortality that extends beyond the initial months and even the first year.

Lingering Risk and Health Complications

The findings underscore that even up to two years later, individuals who experienced hospitalization due to Covid confront a markedly heightened likelihood of death, accompanied by severe health complications such as lung ailments, diabetes, and persistent fatigue.

Long-Term Health Loss and Lingering Uncertainties

While there is a gradual decline in the "cumulative burden of health loss due to PASC [long Covid]" after the two-year mark, the study raises a cautionary flag by pointing out the lingering uncertainty about when and over what duration the risk of post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 diminishes and becomes statistically insignificant.

Divergent Outcomes for Non-Hospitalized Patients

In contrast, individuals who did not require hospitalization for the virus experience a relatively shorter window of significance for the risk of death – only six months. Nevertheless, they are not entirely spared from the aftermath of Covid, as they face an increased susceptibility to more than twenty medical conditions. This list encompasses silent threats like cardiovascular problems, blood clotting disorders, diabetes, gastrointestinal issues, and kidney ailments.

Covid's Subtle Ongoing Impact

Ziyad Al-Aly, the senior author of the study and a clinical epidemiologist at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, emphasizes that the effects of Covid can persist even when individuals believe they have recovered. He states, "A lot of people think, 'I got covid, I got over it and I’m fine,' but 'maybe you’ve forgotten about the SARS-CoV-2 infection … but covid did not forget about you. It’s still wreaking havoc in your body.'"

Unraveling the Complexities of Long Covid

Long Covid remains a multifaceted enigma that continues to baffle researchers. Diverse investigations into this phenomenon have yielded varying definitions. The study examined the medical records of nearly 140,000 US veterans who contracted Covid in the early stages of the pandemic. This data was juxtaposed with a control group of nearly six million individuals who did not have a documented Covid infection.

Contextualizing the Study's Scope

It's worth noting that the cohort of Covid survivors under scrutiny in the study is not entirely representative of the broader population. As military veterans, they skew older and predominantly male. In contrast, within the general population, women make up slightly over half of Long Covid patients.

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