It is being reported that patients who have NAFLD are about twice as likely to have a more serious illness than patients who are obese but do not have NAFLD if infected with COVID.
NAFLD is more likely to result in serious symptoms than obesity without NAFLD. This distinction is important for proper risk stratification.
I know that when you read about the risk factors associated with COVID they rarely mention liver disease. There have been some early reports that essentially say that liver risk is limited. In the early turmoil of a crisis like the COVID pandemic a lot of information is fragmented and based on very small samples.
A study has just been uploaded to a pre-release server which takes a much more effective look at the question of whether NAFLD should be considered to be a risk factor for hospitalization should you become infected.Read more
Did you know that 20,000,000 Americans don't know they have asymptomatic liver disease?
Did you know that disease called COVID-19 is caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2?
Did you know that COVID-19 or SARS-2 is more dangerous to society than SARS-1.0 which hit in 2003 and killed 9.6% of those infected?
Did you know that if you have advancing fatty liver disease without any symptoms your risk of death from SARS-2 is higher than average?
I have some concern about writing this. When we face a crisis, panic and reactions driven by fear can do great harm. I do not wish to contribute to that, however, as an advocate for people faced with chronic illness, such as liver disease, I feel compelled to inform my community about the details.Read more