Covid Threats- The Never Ending Saga Of After Effects Of Covid.
Covid precautions should continue to be a top priority to reduce the virus's influence on morbidity and death.
According to Soumya Swaminathan, a former head scientist from WHO, the risk of heart attacks, diabetes, and strokes increases. She mentions that after having COVID, the chance of having a heart attack is 4-5% increased. She continued by saying that there is a slight likelihood that the virus would change and develop a resistance to the vaccine-induced immunity. Soumya Swaminathan emphasized the importance of ongoing observation.
Succeeding studies found that those with Long-Covid symptoms may be more than twice as likely to have cardiovascular problems after they have recovered. These people are more than twice as likely to develop chest pain and shortness of breath as those who never had the virus, according to new research of over six million patients.
The new systematic review and meta-analysis, incorporating information from 11 significant studies, will be presented at the World Congress of Cardiology and the American College of Cardiology’s ACC.23 annual meetings in New Orleans.
The terror of mutated variants of the Virus.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out three years ago, the planet has seen diverse mutated variants of the virus; one of the more recent is the XBB.1.5 subvariant of the Omicron type, which has been seen in growing numbers in the United States, the United Kingdom, China, and Australia. The WHO cited in December that 90 percent of people worldwide now have some level of Covid-19 resistance. However, the group issued a warning stating that a worrying new variety may manifest.
Removing COVID is quite improbable, says the WHO head.
As the globe hovers over the third year of the pandemic, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in February that COVID-19 remains a public health emergency of worldwide concern. The virus still poses a danger despite advancements since the Omicron wave’s peak one year ago. Ghebreyesus has been informed by the coronavirus disease emergency committee that COVID-19 is still a serious global health emergency. The COVID-19 pandemic may be at an “inflexion moment,” according to the committee.
For the foreseeable future, it seems unlikely that the SARS-CoV-2 virus won’t continue to infect humans and animals as a disease. Its effects on morbidity and mortality may be mitigated by attaining greater levels of population immunity worldwide, either through infection and/or vaccination, it said. Thus, it should continue to be a top priority to reduce the virus’s influence on morbidity and death.
Relationship between cardiac attacks and COVID-19.
According to Dr. Bikram Kesharee Mohanty, visiting consultant at the National Heart Institute in New Delhi, covid-19 can impact any system in the body, first the lungs, and subsequently the heart. According to him, there might be several causes for cardiac involvement, including anoxia, stress cardiomyopathy, and an immunological response brought on by the Covid-19 infection, among others. Cardiomyopathy brought on by stress is a condition that affects the heart muscles.
Lung involvement makes the heart work harder to supply the body with the oxygen it needs, according to Dr. Mohanty. According to him, viral infections can harm the heart by inflaming the cardiac muscles as a whole, a condition known as myocarditis. Immune responses and a cytokine storm are brought on by Covid-19 infection. In reaction to a Covid-19 infection, the immune system releases cytokines, which can harm bodily tissue and heart muscles.
Since people learned that COVID-19 was an extra risk factor for heart disease and patients with heart problems were at higher risk. As a result, an awareness of the importance of heart health was raised. According to Dr. Mohanty, the number of heart attack deaths dropped from 2020 to 2021. The Covid-19 vaccination does not directly correlate with a decline in heart attacks. Nevertheless, following Covid-19 immunization, the effects of cardiac involvement lessened due to the vaccine’s function in reducing the severity of infection across the board in all bodily systems, he added.
Other dangerous effects of Covid-19.
Previous research demonstrates that males who had COVID-19 have impaired sperm quality. Two samples were used in the analysis. Even though SARS-CoV-2 was not discovered during the initial collection, the investigation revealed that the quality of the patient’s semen was poor. Even when the second sample was evaluated 2.5 months later, the quality of the semen in these people was low and could not meet the desired level.
The last line.
We had forgotten about Covid’s presence in our lives due to the euphoria of the new year. To restore memory, the deadly new Coronavirus has been around for three years already. The deadly virus is about to endanger human life even more severely. Let’s pray that the virus will be eliminated as quickly as possible.
Edited by Prakriti Arora