Coronavirus: A long COVID could put you at risk for autoimmune disease

Coronavirus can infect your immune system by attacking the white cells that fight infection. This is well-known to everyone. The long-term effects of COVID on your immune system are not yet known.

A new study found that some patients who have persistent antibodies to COVID infections are more likely to develop autoimmune diseases.

An autoimmune disease is when the immune system attacks healthy tissue instead of protecting the body from external pathogens. This can lead to chronic conditions like arthritis or lupus.

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The researchers studied blood samples from 106 patients who had been diagnosed with COVID-19 in three Canadian hospitals. The European Respiratory Journal published the latest findings.

Blood samples were tested for antibodies, which are substances that stick to potentially dangerous bacteria and viruses. These antibodies are harmful to healthy cells and tissues and can lead to autoimmune diseases.

Patients and the two control groups were also asked whether they experienced any symptoms such as shortness of breath, coughing, fatigue, or weakness three, six, or twelve months after their recovery.

These antibodies were found in about 80 percent of the patients. After a year, however, the prevalence of these antibodies dropped to 41%. Most healthy volunteers showed no antibodies.

McMaster University’s Manali Mukherjee was the leader of the study. He noted that even though patients had autoantibodies shortly after infection, they resolved within 12 months. Some patients may have auto antibodies that persist. These patients are more likely continue to experience symptoms and need medical attention.

Doctor Mukherjee said, “These results point to the need for testing for signs of autoimmune diseases in patients with long-lasting COVID symptoms that last for more than a year.”

Dr. Mukherjee stated, “While long COVID has been recognized by organizations like the World Health Organisation (WHO), we still don’t know much about how it develops and how we can help patients.”

The Autoimmune Institute (USA) suggests that persistent smptoms could be due to long COVID. This theory is supported by an autoimmune disease. This explanation could be based on the fact that long COVID has many similarities to other autoimmune diseases. According to the health body, Epstein-Barr virus could also be a trigger for chronic illness. Lupus can occur in some people.

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