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Urgent warning to anyone who’s had Covid over increased risk of deadly side effect

ANYONE who has had Covid is significantly more at risk to a host of killer illnesses than those who never caught the disease, a new study has revealed.

Millions have already had the bug and the majority of Brits also have protection due to the huge vaccine rollout.

The greatest risk of heart conditions and death is within the first 30 days of infection

But experts have discovered that all those who have contracted the virus – even those with milder symptoms – have an increased risk of heart issues and even death.

According to the research, published in Heart, those who are admitted to hospital with Covid are 27 times as likely to develop venous thromboembolism (VTE) than those who never have the bug.

Those who didn’t need hospital treatment are still three times more likely to develop VTE than those who never had the virus.

VTE is a condition that occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein.

If the blood clot is large or left untreated, it can cause death.

People who are hospitalised with Covid are also 21 times more likely to be diagnosed with heart failure, and 17 times as likely to have a stroke, researchers from Queen Mary University of London, said.

They are also more likely to be diagnosed atrial fibrillation (an irregular heart) and pericarditis (inflammation of the heart) and have a heart attack.

Death was also more common among those who had Covid.

People who were admitted to hospital with the virus were 118 times as likely to die as those who didn’t need hospital treatment.

Whereas those who didn’t need hospital care were ten times more likely to die than those who never had the virus.

The greatest risk of heart conditions and death is within the first 30 days of infection, but remains high for some time afterwards, the findings suggest.

The data used in the study included over 50,000 people from the UK Biobank, 17,871 of whom were diagnosed with Covid-19.

People were tracked until a cardiovascular problem happened or they died.

Commenting on the results, the researchers said: “The long-term sequelae of past Covid exposure is emerging as a dominant public health concern.

“Our findings highlight the increased cardiovascular risk of individuals with past infection, which are likely to be greater in countries with limited access to vaccination and thus greater population exposure to Covid,” they added.

This comes as scientists warned of a so-called ‘swarm’ of Omicron strains that could threaten this winter.

Currently, Omicron is the main strain circulating, which has been proven to be milder than others that came before it.

However, specialists have warned that there could be a collection of three substrains that all circulate together this winter.

According to the ZOE health tracker, around one in 21 people in the UK have the bug – with numbers now also falling in the youngest age groups.

Experts at ZOE revealed there are currently an estimated 209,243 infections, down from 235,829 last week.

The most recent data from the ZOE Symptom Tracker app states there are 20 symptoms Brits should be on the lookout for.

This data refers to all Brits who have logged their symptoms on the app, regardless of how many jabs they have had.

  1. Sore throat – 63.55 per cent
  2. Runny nose – 53.04 per cent
  3. Headache – 53.02 per cent
  4. Blocked nose – 52.47 per cent
  5. Cough no phlegm – 52.06 per cent
  6. Sneezing – 47.02 per cent
  7. Cough with phlegm – 45.79 per cent
  8. Hoarse voice – 43.86 per cent
  9. Muscle pain aches – 29.46 per cent
  10. Fatigue – 22.97 per cent
  11. Dizzy light headed – 21.11 per cent
  12. Altered smell – 19.82 per cent
  13. Swollen neck glands – 17.72 per cent
  14. Eye soreness – 16.41 per cent
  15. Chest pain tightness – 16.26 per cent
  16. Shortness of breath – 15.9 per cent
  17. Loss of smell – 14.45 per cent
  18. Earache – 13.96 per cent
  19. Chills or shivers – 12.98 per cent
  20. Joint pain shoulders – 11.08 per cent

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