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Years of exhaustion after Corona? German researchers see a link between herpes infection



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Patients with long Covid complain of complaints months after coronary infection. One possible cause is the “sleep” of herpes viruses.

Chronic fatigue, headaches or difficulty concentrating are long-term symptoms. This phenomenon is not uncommon: 80 percent of patients with Covid-19 suffer from long-term symptoms, according to an international research team. Why people develop Long-Covid after surviving coronary infection has not yet been definitively elucidated. Not the severity of the disease: The data collected so far show that people with a mild course of the disease may also develop Long-Covid.

Instead, it is the natural reactions to coronavirus infection that favor Long-Covid. The Pharmaceutical Journal (PZ) reports on the findings of Erlangen researchers, that Covid-19 alters the deformation of blood cells: red blood cells become stiffer, white blood cells softer. According to scientists, this could be a possible cause of Long Covid, PZ continues to report. Other possible causes are also discussed, such as the activation of herpes viruses by a coronary infection.

Herpes viruses can be triggered by a coronary infection

Virologist Bhupesh Prusty and his team from Julius Maximilians University in Würzburg suspect a link between Long Covid and chronic fatigue syndrome, also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (MM). According to the Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk (MDR) to the researchers, ME patients will also suffer from chronic fatigue, flu-like symptoms, muscle aches and nervous disorders – as will patients with Long Covid. Prusty and his colleagues suspect that the human herpes virus (HHV-6) could be responsible for both diseases.

HHV-6 can be implanted in the genome of infected individuals and remain there for a long time without being detected by the immune system, according to virologist Prusty. However, certain conditions can trigger the virus, such as chlamydia infection or coronavirus infection. If HHV-6 “wakes up”, it has the effect that they attack the cells and negatively affect the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) there. ATP is an essential substance for the body’s energy balance and, among other things, essential for muscle movement.

Herpes virus infections are very common, over 90% of all people are infected with the virus, according to MDR Thomas Stamminger of the University of Ulm. “If you now find these viruses in people who feel very tired for a long time, then this does not necessarily have to be causal.“, Stamminger said according to MDR. Further studies should now show the extent to which herpes viruses can cause Long Covid or myalgic encephalomyelitis. (also)

More sources: https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.01.27.21250617v2.full

Continue reading: “Long-Covid”: These coronary patients recover slowly from Covid-19 alone

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