The study sample consisted of data from 1.7 million people who tested positive for the coronavirus, who had records with the Department of Veterans Affairs health system.
The researchers found that months after the initial infection; COVID-19 survivors were at a higher risk of developing various types of kidney damage (impaired kidney function and even advanced kidney failure).
As for the people who were in the most severe cases, that is, those who needed intensive care unit care; They were more at risk of long-term kidney damage.
Commenting on the results of the study, senior researcher Dr. Ziyad Al-Ali, assistant professor at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, said: “There were risks, albeit lower, among those patients who did not face major problems when they were infected with corona,” according to the “UB” agency. I News.
He added: "The important question is why is this happening, is it because of the constant stimulation of the immune system and inflammation? It will take more research to find out."
Al-Ali pointed out that the good news is that kidney impairment can be detected easily through a blood analysis; He added that this type of test may be useful for people with severe symptoms of the Corona virus.