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Hepatitis C and the Coronavirus COVID 19

Hepatitis C and the Coronavirus COVID 19

Hepatitis C and the Coronavirus are similar in that they are both viruses.

They are similar and different.

Saying that Hepatitis C and COVID 19 are both viruses is like saying a lion and an alligator are both animals. They are similar and very different in that they share certain features but also have very different features.

For example, a lion and an alligator both have eyes and ears and legs, though very different eyes and ears and legs. They both breathe air.

They are both potentially dangerous to humans but attack in different ways.

So it is with the COVID 19 virus and the Hepatitis C virus. They share a number of similar features but live in very different environments.

But they are both dangerous to humans.

So, what does this mean for people who are currently infected with Hepatitis C?

Imagine you are being attacked by a lion… it could be a serious problem but you might fight it off.

Imagine if you were being attacked by an alligator and a lion at the same time… not good. Your chances of survival would be low indeed.

So would be if a person who is carrying a Hepatitis C infection is also infected with COVID 19.

It is a double attack, but more than double the danger.

The Immune System is Under Attack

If you are infected with Hepatitis C your immune system is already under strain fighting the Hepatitis C virus. If the coronavirus enters the system while the Hepatitis C virus is active it more than doubles the strain on the body.

This is because if a person has a Hepatitis C infection the Hep C virus is attacking the liver and weakening various other organs of the body and then if the coronavirus enters the system the coronavirus attacks the respiratory system, the lungs and throat.

This means that the body is under attack from two fronts and the weakened body can no longer support its immune system. The weakened immune system can no longer fight the existing Hep C infection which then, rapidly, begins to cause more liver damage which in turn weakens the immune system further allowing the coronavirus to flourish, causing more damage to the respiratory system.

This is why people with pre-existing health conditions become seriously ill and are the most likely to become critically ill and die from a COVID 19 infection.

People with pre-existing health conditions are more likely to suffer serious illness from COVID 19 than people who do not have existing health problems.

Do you see where this is leading for people with Hepatitis C?

Yes, Hepatitis C is a serious, pre-existing health condition. Therefore, a person who is infected with Hepatitis C is more likely to suffer serious illness or death from a COVID 19 infection than a person who does not have Hepatitis C.

It really is that simple, if you have a Hepatitis C infection and you pick up COVID 19 on top of that it is very likely that the COVID 19 infection is going to be a difficult experience, if not a fatal experience.

Why is a Double Infection So Dangerous?

Because you will have two different viral infections operating in your body at the same time.

HCV will be attacking your liver while COVID 19 is attacking your lungs.

This is a very undesirable thing.

What Are the Options

If you have Hepatitis C and live in a country where HCV treatment is available for free or is subsidized, from a national health service you should move quickly to get treatment.

I know that in many countries, like Australia, there are many people with HCV who have not taken advantage of free treatment because they have no obvious symptoms.

This is a BIG mistake.

If you have Hepatitis C and you cannot access Hepatitis C treatment then you must consider yourself in the highest risk category for a Coronavirus infection.

You must take every precaution not to be infected with the coronavirus by following all the suggested hygiene procedures suggested for the prevention of COVID 19 infection.

You should definitely avoid moving through any environment where you might come in contact with the COVID 19 virus.

Hep C and COVID 19: Summary

If you have Hepatitis C you are in the high risk category and should take every precaution to prevent catching the coronavirus COVID 19.

If you are infected with Hepatitis C and become infected with the COVID 19 virus you are at serious risk of critical illness or death.

Please follow the COVID 19 prevention advice on this link.


You can protect yourself and help prevent spreading the virus to others if you:
Do
Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or flexed elbow when you cough or sneeze
Avoid close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell
Stay home and self-isolate from others in the household if you feel unwell
Don’t
Touch your eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands are not clean
Greg Jefferys

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