Acid reflux may increase COVID-19 risk

Australian research shows genes predicted to cause GORD were linked with a 15% increase in the risk of severe COVID-19 and hospitalisation

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

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