Study Shows Continued Health Concerns for Covid Patients 

Study Shows Continued Health Concerns for Covid Patients. Credit | Shutterstock
Study Shows Continued Health Concerns for Covid Patients. Credit | Shutterstock

United States: Amidst the lingering aftermath of Covid, individuals previously hospitalized due to the virus remain ensnared in the clutches of elevated mortality and grave maladies even three years post-infection, as unearthed by a recent study. 

The investigation divulged that those who underwent hospitalization within the initial 30-day window following viral contraction faced a staggering 29 percent augmented likelihood of succumbing to the ailment in the third year subsequent to infection compared to their non-afflicted counterparts, according to the reports by 

In juxtaposition, the second year bore a 44 percent amplified jeopardy, while the first year witnessed an astounding surge of 217 percent, as delineated in the pages of Nature Medicine, tracking the same cohort since 2020. 

“We are accustomed to perceiving infections as transient afflictions, their ramifications confined to the proximal aftermath of contraction. However, our data dispels this notion,” articulated researcher Ziyad Al-Aly of Washington University

“Even after the passage of three years, the specter of Covid looms large, its insidious tendrils ensnaring unsuspecting victims in a labyrinth of afflictions,” added Dr. Al-Aly. 

The enigma persists as to the protracted endurance of the virus’s deleterious effects. 

Study Shows Continued Health Concerns for Covid Patients. Credit | Shutterstock
Study Shows Continued Health Concerns for Covid Patients. Credit | Shutterstock

“Plausibly, viral persistence, chronic inflammation, immune dysregulation, or a confluence of these factors underpin this phenomenon,” mused Dr. Al-Aly, as reported  

Furthermore, the findings evince that even individuals with mild encounters of Covid continue to grapple with emergent health tribulations tethered to the infection three years hence. 

The study discerned a 5 percent uptick in the risk of encountering health complications in the third year post-infection, juxtaposed against 16 percent in the second year and 23 percent in the inaugural year. Predominantly, these complications were correlated with gastrointestinal, pulmonary, and neurological anomalies. 

“The revelation that a seemingly benign bout of Covid can precipitate unforeseen health adversities down the temporal continuum is a stark realization,” lamented Dr. Al-Aly. 

“The prognosis is further exacerbated for individuals ensnared in the clutches of severe Covid. The sheer magnitude of morbidity among the hospitalized cohort is profoundly disconcerting,” as reported by 

The study further delineated that in the third year following infection, hospitalized Covid patients faced a 34 percent heightened susceptibility to organ sequelae – encompassing cardiac, renal, and neurologic sequelae – vis-à-vis their uninfected counterparts. 

This figure marks a regression from the 182 percent escalation witnessed one year post-infection and the 57 percent risk observed two years hence. 

Professor Lawrence Young, a virologist at Warwick University, unaffiliated with the study, remarked, “This elucidation underscores the imperative of forestalling Covid acquisition. Even a trifling encounter can precipitate lingering health perturbations in the temporal continuum.” 

“Our comprehension of the protracted repercussions of Covid and its enduring presence within our corporeal vessels continues to unfold. While vaccination doesn’t preclude infection, it confers substantial shielding against protracted Covid,” emphasized Professor Young, as reported by  

The study meticulously scrutinized mortality risk and 80 health sequelae in individuals three years post-COVID diagnosis. 

The research entailed an exhaustive analysis of myriad medical dossiers housed within the annals of the US Department of Veterans Affairs, the nation’s preeminent integrated healthcare consortium. 

The cohort encompassed over 114,000 veterans with mild Covid, devoid of hospitalization requirements; in excess of 20,000 hospitalized Covid patients; and a staggering 5.2 million veterans unscathed by COVID-19. 

Altogether, the hospitalized Covid contingent tallied 135,161 participants, juxtaposed against 5.3 million in the uninfected “control” cohort. Patient enrollment spanned from March 2020 to December 2020, with a subsequent three-year surveillance until December 2023.