by: Dr Mary Gillis, D.Ed.
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Now they can have an answer. In a new article published in the latest issue of Pathogens, scientists say it is the reactivation of another viral infection: the Epstein-Barr virus.
According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the infection affects 90% of people worldwide. The virus can lead to mono. Symptoms of the Epstein-Barr virus are identical to those of COVID-19 and include organ inflammation, extreme fatigue, and fever. Once a person contracts the virus, it stays in the body forever. However, it becomes inactive and remains silent.
But, the coronavirus wakes him up.
So why would COVID-19 trigger an Epstein-Barr infection?
The study “offers pretty compelling evidence at this point that there is something about the COVID infection,” said Dr. Christopher Doerhing, vice president of medical affairs at Franciscan health. “And the inflammation associated with COVID that causes the Epstein-Barr virus to reactivate and may be associated with or contribute to these long-term COVID symptoms. “
Doerhing says there are still many unanswered questions and more researchers are needed. But for now, this explanation could bring some peace of mind to these patients.