Untreated Covid-19 Relapse

We keep learning about this disease, as well as corrected false information.

  • Online rumors and some doctors linked Paxlovid to the risk of recurrence of Covid. Science now supports this drug being safe to use.
  • Conversely, new research shows that failure to treat Covid-19 can result in a relapse of the disease in 25% of untreated cases. In one-third of the relapses, the patients have a full viral load, making them potentially infectious to others.(1)

Relapses were first noted in 2020, early in the pandemic.(5) The current research is the first formal test-and-control study to assess the potential for relapse among untreated patients.

Covid-19 isn’t gone. There are new variants of concern. It’s dangerous in that it can produce heart and neurological damage that can affect human health and behavior, and potentially lead to a much larger demand for 24×7 in-home or nursing home care.

Other research links brain changes caused by Covid to depression among Covid survivors.(3)

The end of symptoms, if that happens, doesn’t mean the virus has left your body.(4)

From a practical standpoint, the reduction of life expectancy should impact how people plan for retirement, when they start taking Social Security, and even how they view the four-day work week.

Whether you like it or not, life is changing and humans need to adapt.

Finally, on a positive note, Covid vaccinations reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes after Covid infection.(6) The complete course of vaccines is needed.


  1. https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/988527?ecd=WNL_trdalrt_pos1_230222&uac=446438BR&impID=5189272
  2. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/long-term-effects/index.html
  3. https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/covid-19/brain-changes-may-be-linked-anxiety-depression-long-covid
  4. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/reinfection.html
  5. https://www.vox.com/2020/6/4/21274727/covid-19-symptoms-timeline-nausea-relapse-long-term-effects
  6. https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/988254?src=WNL_trdalrt_pos1_230215&uac=446438BR&impID=5170160


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