Covid’s Lasting Effects

New evidence shows that Covid leaves a lasting mark. Even when you didn’t know you had it.

The CDC says that 60% of the U.S. has gotten Covid, almost 200 million people. (75% of those are children.) Yet only 80.8 million of those cases are official as of April 26. This means many people aren’t reporting it, and many more don’t know they ever had it.

These asymptomatic, healthy people might feel like they’re in the clear, but research found that a year after catching Covid—even asymptomatic or mild Covid—the remnants of the disease increase a person’s risk for heart complications. And that goes for everyone, including the otherwise healthy.

Ziyad Al-Aly, director of the Clinical Epidemiology Center and chief of Research and Education Service at Veterans Affairs St. Louis Health Care System, led the study. He said researchers “found evidence of an increased risk of stroke, of blood clots in the legs and the lungs, and of heart failure and heart attacks. The increased risk of a broad spectrum of heart problems was evident.”

Looks like Covid will always have our hearts. Maybe the U.S. should get some health care services to help deal with it.

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