StressLoC: Chronic Stress as a Risk Factor for Long COVID

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A clinical study at Med Uni Graz investigates whether chronic stress, which already existed before the infection with the coronavirus, can lead to the persistence of various disease symptoms over a longer period of time (Long Covid). Hair samples are used to measure the stress hormone cortisol and determine, the stress load of the last months. The study also investigates whether chronic stress has an influence on mental health after the illness and additionally measures  stress-associated biomarkers, such as epinephrine in blood samples. These biomarkers require special analyses, which are carried out in the highly specialized laboratory of the Institute HEALTH of Joanneum Research.


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Contact: Dr Anita Eberl