Advisory Board March 27, 2023

According to a new analysis published in JAMA Internal Medicine, six factors could significantly increase your risk of developing long COVID — and one factor could protect you.

The biggest risk factors for long COVID

For the analysis, a team of researchers from Britain examined data from 41 studies published between the beginning of the pandemic and Dec. 5, 2022. A total of 860,783 patients were included in the study.

Using the data, researchers examined patients’ risk of developing symptoms of long COVID, including fatigue, shortness of breath, brain fog, and a loss of taste and smell, more than three months after their initial infection.

Overall, the researchers found that six risk factors were associated with an increased risk of...

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