For the last two years, one topic that has remained constantly remained hot among people all across the globe is COVID-19 and its impacts on the human body. Another latest addition to the effects of COVID-19 is shingles.
According to a research, older people 50 and above with mild cases of COVID-19 are more likely to develop shingles by 15 percent within 6 months compared to those who have not been infected by the deadly virus, as per the Washington Post report.
The research published in the medical journal Open Forum Infectious Diseases says that the risk of developing shingles is even more in those patients who were hospitalized during their infection. This makes them about 21 percent more likely to get shingles compared to those who didn’t get infected.
The study was conducted on about 2 million people, of which 4,00,000 people were diagnosed with COVID-19, and about 1.6 million were not.
Shingles are a condition characterized by painful rashes or blisters on the skin. It mostly occurs on one side of the torso. Shingles are caused by the varicella-zoster virus. This is the same virus that is responsible for chickenpox.
According to health experts, when someone recovers from chickenpox in their childhood, the varicella-zoster virus still remains inside the body. This virus becomes active again after several years. This time, the virus doesn’t cause chickenpox but shingles. This happens to people after 50, say experts.
The researchers involved in the study suggested that the COVID-19 infection may trigger the shingles virus, especially in older people.
Every year, in the United States, about 1 million people develop shingles. Moreover, 1 in every 3 adults will develop the disease at some point in their lives, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.
The CDC says that adults 50 and above should get two jabs of shingles vaccine, as reported by the Washinton Post.
The coronavirus is still infecting people around the world with the new subvariant of the contagious omicron variant. Extensive studies are still being conducted to understand all the impacts this virus has on the human body.