If the development of a severe form of Covid or death is rare after a complete vaccination, researchers have established eight factors that could lead to it. Age over 65, immunosuppression, as well as six underlying factors: diabetes, chronic lung disease, liver disease, kidney disease, heart disease and neurological disorders.
Patients who had to be hospitalized for acute respiratory problems following an infection had at least one of these risk factors, reports HLN. In addition, 78% of those who died had four or more. Virologist Steven Van Gucht confirms to our colleagues that these are known risk factors. “The main risk factor is not being vaccinated,” he adds.