A new study by Mount Pleasant Veterinary Hospital and other veterinary practices in New York State suggests that in some cases, patients with coronaviruses like COVID-19 are actually better off than those without it.
In a study published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, the researchers looked at patients who had received a COVID vaccine or a coronovirus vaccine between April 20 and August 23.
After the virus spread to at least one other patient, the investigators compared that patient to those with no infection to determine if they had a higher risk of getting a COID-19 infection, like a high-risk population or an infected patient who had previously been vaccinated.
The results showed that the risk of infection was higher in those with a high viral load, those who received a coronivirus vaccine, and those who had been vaccinated before.
“These findings suggest that the use of vaccine in an acute setting may be an important adjunct to a vaccine strategy in the long-term,” the study authors write.
“Because the virus is so prevalent, it may be advisable to vaccinate a large number of patients, with a good proportion of the vaccine administered at one time.”
The authors say that the study shows that “there are still some unknowns about the effectiveness of this vaccine strategy.”
The study was conducted using a population-based cohort of 2,081 adults with COVIDs and 781 control subjects.
“The findings are important because they highlight the importance of using multiple vaccines to control COVID transmission in the general population,” the researchers write.
The study also suggests that patients with COID infections may benefit from a different vaccine strategy, in addition to vaccinating with a vaccine.
For now, the study only provides an initial indication of how COVID vaccines might help in the short term.
However, in the longer term, the data may help provide an answer to questions about how to prevent future infections, and also how to determine whether to vaccine people with COIDs.