The COVID-19 pandemic continues to keep a whole world on alert. Vaccinations are being rolled out, and tracking from The Washington Post reveals that at least 23.2 million people living in the US have been vaccinated for the coronavirus.
The COVID-19 disease is well-known for being unpredictable and easily mistakable with the flu. Symptoms like headaches, fever, cough, body aches, or fatigue are found in both diseases. However, you can say for sure if you’re infected with a mild or severe form of COVID-19, according to BestLifeOnline.com.
Run a blood test to see levels of mitochondrial DNA
Running a simple blood test to see the mitochondrial DNA is the simple way of identifying patients who are at risk of suffering from severe COVID-19 illness. The study belongs to the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The researchers were able to identify patients who would later have to deal with the most serious COVID-19 illness from a group of 100 hospitalized people.
The researchers wrote:
One of the most vexing aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic is doctors’ inability to predict which newly hospitalized patients will go on to develop severe disease, including complications that require the insertion of a breathing tube, kidney dialysis or other intensive care.
On average, the mitochondrial DNA levels were increased ten times for COVID-19 patients who had severe lung dysfunction or ultimately died. Those who had increased levels were “almost six times more likely to be intubated, three times more likely to be admitted to the ICU and almost twice as likely to die compared with those with lower levels.”
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the world, and there’s no telling when it will end. There’s a total of over 103 million infections and more than 2.2 million deaths.