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Scientists have been gathering data on the effects of the Wuhan Coronavirus for over a year. One new study has been following patients post-infection and has come to a disturbing a conclusion about the development of blood clots.
The U.S. government just put a halt to the use of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine over a one-in-a million chance of women developing blot clots after use. Now an article published in the American Society of Hematology publication Blood reports that far more COVID patients suffer from blood clots after leaving the hospital than previously realized.
“There’s anywhere from a three to fivefold risk of blood clots compared to the pre-COVID era,” says Alex Spyropoulos, the study’s senior author and a professor at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research, which is a part of the New York hospital system Northwell Health. “I’ve never seen this type of blood clot risk in my life.”
It was well known that hospitalized COVID patients, and especially those in intensive care, faced a high risk of clots. But Spyropoulos says “this study shows for the first time that heightened risk of blood clots persists after patients leave the hospital.”
COVID can lead to blood clots by provoking an overwhelming immune response called a cytokine storm. The cytokine storm causes inflammation and does localized damage to blood vessels and organ linings, which prompts the body’s clotting systems to kick in.
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