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Could EBV Reactivation Help Explain The Prevalence Of Long COVID?

At the time of writing, over 332 million people across the globe have contracted COVID-19, and the death toll from the virus sits at just over 5.5 million. Many people who have had COVID-19 and recovered from it are still dealing with the aftermath of the infection. Lasting symptoms and other health complications have begun developing in many people – so many that the phenomenon has earned the name “long COVID” or “post-COVID-19 syndrome”.

The typical symptoms of a COVID-19 infection can linger for months after the infection has cleared in many people, and in some cases, the infection has led to organ damage, blood clots and blood vessel issues, mood and fatigue disorders, and even a condition known as Guillain-Barre syndrome that causes temporary paralysis. With so many ailments and conditions arising after a COVID-19 infection, new research is investigating whether the reactivation of the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) could also be added to the list. Read on for more information about reactivation of EBV after COVID.

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How Do You Test For Epstein-Barr Virus?

Epstein-Barr is a herpesvirus infection that leads to the more commonly known mono infection, although it also commonly known as herpesvirus 4. It is so common in humans that 95% of the adult population are thought to have had the virus at some point in their lives. Since it doesn’t always present with symptoms, many people with the virus have no idea that they contracted it at all.

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Is Epstein-Barr An Autoimmune Disorder?

The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is part of the herpesvirus family of viruses, and is otherwise known as human herpesvirus 4. It is incredibly common, and many people will have been infected with the virus at some point in their lives without knowing it. The most notable condition that can be associated with an Epstein-Barr virus infection is mononucleosis, or mono, otherwise known as the “kissing disease”.

Epstein-Barr can be contracted in a variety of different ways, the most common being through bodily fluids such as saliva. However, it can also be transmitted sexually through semen and blood. Other less common ways to contract the virus include organ transplants and blood transfusions. It is categorized as a virus, but is Epstein-Barr an autoimmune disorder, too?

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What Are The Symptoms Of Chronic Epstein-Barr?

Rare diseases are often hard to diagnose and treat due to a general lack of firsthand knowledge among medical professionals. Since there is a lower chance of seeing these types of diseases, many medical professionals are not entirely familiar with the way the signs and symptoms present or the most effective methods of treatment.

One such rare disease that can be hard to pin down is Chronic Active Epstein-Barr Virus (CAEBV). Typically, as many as 95% of people will catch the Epstein-Barr virus in their lifetime, but not many will typically find themselves battling Chronic Epstein-Barr. The latter form is considered a rare disease, even though the virus itself is highly common.

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