Among all patients, shorter telomeres were significantly associated with a higher risk death from COVID-19 at 30 and 90 days after hospital discharge. This is frightening since, we age from our telomeres getting shorter. The shorter the telomeres are the more risk older women have on contracting COVID-19. "Besides aging, telomere dysfunction is also associated with smoking, poor diet, higher body mass index and other factors that promote oxidative stress, chronic inflammation and cancer," Virseda-Berdices added.
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