As the world grapples with the aftermath of the coronavirus and omicron cases are falling in most countries, a new study offers hints about the post-Covid complications. Researchers have said that people who were hospitalized with the coronavirus should get regular flu screenings as a study shows that two people have more than doubled the risk of death.
In a study published in the medical journal Lancet, researchers seek to understand the clinical consequences of respiratory viral co-infection with SARS-CoV-2. “Co-infections with SARS-CoV-2 influenza virus and adenovirus were significantly associated with increased odds of death,” the paper said.
The scientists also found that people who had contact with both the coronavirus and the influenza virus were 2.4 times more likely to die than those who had just had COVID-19. Studies indicate that these patients are four times more likely to need ventilation support after being admitted to the hospital for breathing.
“We found that the combination of COVID-19 and the flu virus is particularly dangerous. We expect COVID-19 to be transmitted with the flu, increasing the likelihood of co-infection. That’s why we should change our testing strategy for Covid-19 patients in hospital and test for flu more widely,” Professor Kenneth Bailey from the University of Edinburgh told The Guardian.
The study was conducted among 2,12,466 adults with SARS-CoV-2 infection who were admitted to a UK hospital between February 6, 2020 and December 8, 2021. Whereas viral co-infection was detected in 583 patients, 227 patients had influenza virus, 220 patients had respiratory syncytial virus, and 136 patients had adenovirus.
Co-infections with SARS-CoV-2 influenza virus and adenovirus were each associated with significantly increased odds of death.
The researchers said this is the largest study of people with COVID-19 undergoing additional testing for the endemic respiratory virus, with 583 confirmed co-infections and 6382 confirmed SARS-CoV-2 mono infections. The study was conducted over a longer period of 18 months.
The team of researchers from the University of Edinburgh, the University of Liverpool, Imperial College London and Leiden University in the Netherlands urged people to get immunizations and booster shots to protect themselves from the coronavirus. “The vaccines that protect against COVID-19 and the flu are different, and people need both. Professor Peter Openshaw from Imperial College London told Tha Guardian: “The way these two infections are treated is also different, so it is important to get tested for other viruses, even if you are hospitalized with a respiratory infection.” be diagnosed in a person.”
Meanwhile, scientists now believe that COVID-19 patients suffer more than respiratory problems. Many studies have shown that this virus can also damage the heart. A study from September 2020 found that the risk of a first heart attack increased three to eight times in the first week after being diagnosed with a Covid-19 infection.
The new study comes in the backdrop of a new boom being seen in some countries, including China and South Korea.