Gut Bacteria and Long COVID.
As many as three quarters of people who recover from COVID report at least one long lasting symptom some 6 months after the initial infection.
Researchers at the Center for Gut Microbiota Research which is part of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, discovered some interesting linkages with gut health in these people.
They discovered that people with COVID-19 had distinct changes in their gut microbiota, the community of microorganisms living in their gut, compared with healthy controls.
Fecal samples from people with COVID-19 contained more opportunistic pathogens or disease-causing organisms and fewer “friendly” bacteria.
This disruption in the balance of organisms living in the gut, known as gut dysbiosis, appeared to be more extreme in people with more severe illness.
Because the gut plays a major role in the regulation of the immune system, disturbances in the gut microbiota may not only exacerbate COVID-19 but also cause long COVID symptoms as a result of continuing immune disturbances. At P.I.M we have an interest in scientific studies relating to gut microbiome and illness. Read the full article here: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/gut-bacteria-may-play-a-role-in-the-development-of-long-covid?fbclid=IwAR21NYe025y8eLghg07uhPBmQq1nNMa5_JmeGxoF7dy-mCKouRwkwOshzWQ#How-the-study-worked