SAN FRANCISCO — Scientists are now finding the first evidence of a significant shift in human organs following a COVID infection after more than 2.5 years of COVID study.
“You should consider getting COVID as a potential anti-aging treatment. So said Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly, Clinical Epidemiology Center Director of Washington University in St. Louis. He also serves as the Veterans Affairs St. Louis Health Care System’s chief of research and education services.
Millions of people nationwide were surveyed for data by Dr. Al-Aly. They found a similar tendency in their investigations on renal outcomes in long COVID in the heart, long COVID in the brain, and other long COVID.
All evidence suggests that following COVID, several human organs age more quickly. Most occurred among hospitalized patients, while some also had moderate COVID symptoms.
“Three to four years’ worth of time has passed in just one year,” said Dr. Al-Aly continued. In the year that follows the infection, persons appear to lose between three and four percent of their kidney function. That typically occurs when people age between three and four years.”
We presented these results to Dr. Michael Peluso, an expert in infectious diseases at UCSF. In April 2020, his team launched one of the first lengthy COVID studies in the nation.
“For the Dr. Al-Aly group at the VA in St. Louis, it has been quite useful in attempting to clarify the concerns surrounding what people experience after receiving COVID. In particular, the impact of COVID on the organ systems.” Dr. Peluso added, “We are working to comprehend the biology underlying those long-term effects.”
According to Dr. Peluso, his team has a theory about why some organs might be aging or injured following COVID.
Despite the need for more years of data, Dr. Al Aly is confident that the enhanced aging process will finally end.
Some early signs suggest that the danger or decline in kidney function flattens over time. Which is following my suspicion based on the data and my expectation that this would finally flatten out.” said Dr. Al-Aly.