Acid reflux may increase COVID-19 risk
People who develop acid reflux may be more vulnerable to COVID-19, a Queensland study has found.
QIMR (Queensland Institute of Medical Research) Berghofer Medical Research Institute has discovered genes that can cause the digestive disease were linked with a 15% increase in the risk of severe COVID-19 and hospitalisation.
Their study looked at genes predicted to cause gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), one of Australia's most common gastrointestinal conditions.
QIMR Berghofer researcher