Today’s Infectious Disease News (1/15/24)

People Who Have Had a COVID-19 Infection Face a Higher Risk of Digestive Disorders

According to a recent study, people who have experienced COVID-19 face an elevated risk for digestive diseases after the infection. Even mild cases of COVID-19 increase the chances of suffering digestive problems 12 months after the initial COVID illness. COVID-19 survivors are more likely to develop a number of conditions, including gastrointestinal (GI) dysfunction (38% higher risk), GERD (41%), severe liver disease (35%), pancreatic disease (36%), and gallbladder disease (21%), and peptic ulcers (23%). These findings support previous research showing the lasting impact of COVID-19 on a growing number of Americans.

Respiratory Virus Levels Remain High Across the US

COVID-19, Flu, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections remain elevated in the US. The latest data shows that respiratory viral activity continues to rise in many regions. The surge of sick patients has strained some health systems, jeopardizing their ability to provide proper care. Hospitalizations of older adults increased from the week prior, as did the number of pediatric RSV cases.

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