There are still lots of unknowns when it comes to how Covid-19 affects the heart, especially if young healthy hearts are involved, says the first author of the study on the Ohio State athletes.
When coronavirus first came to life, medical experts quickly realized how quickly it could attack the lungs. As we continue to live with the virus, researchers learn more about how it affects the heart – even the hearts of the youngest and strongest.
In late summer, a flurry of reports indicated that the hearts of the young, physical elite were being hit by Covid-19 as well as college and professional athletes. In August, ESPN reported that at least five Big Ten conference players had myocarditis – an inflammation of the heart. By early September, a widely circulated newsletter on 26 Ohio State athletes who had recovered from Covid-19 found that four had symptoms of myocarditis.
There are still lots of unknowns when it comes to how Covid-19 affects the heart, particularly young healthy hearts, explains the first author of the study on the Ohio State athletes. He knew that his study did not have a control group, so that it can’t prove that Covid-19 caused these problems in athletes, cautions Rajpal.
Inverse explains that there is what we call circumstantial evidence.
At this point we know that Covid-19 has an “affinity” for the heart, adds Dr. Michael M. Hanes, director of the University of Washington Medicine Center for Sport Cardiology.