Repeat COVID is riskier than first infection, study finds

Repeat COVID is riskier than first infection, study finds

The risk of death, hospitalization and serious health issues from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) jumps significantly with reinfection compared with a first bout with the virus, regardless of vaccination status, a study published on Thursday suggests.

“Reinfection with COVID-19 increases the risk of both acute outcomes and long COVID,” said Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. “This was evident in unvaccinated, vaccinated, and boosted people.”

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