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Lockdowns made people feel isolated, depressed, and anxious, leading some to increase their alcohol intake.
Study findings suggest people with chronic liver disease should be prioritized for booster shots.
A second meta-analysis found that people with cirrhosis had higher COVID mortality.
Nearly 200 cases of pediatric hepatitis have now been reported in more than a dozen countries and several states.
The current leading suspect is an adenovirus, but much more remains to be learned.
Experts recommend no more than two drinks for men or one drink for women per day.
In the U.S., liver transplants due to alcoholic hepatitis tripled during the COVID-19 pandemic. Other findings show a similar trend.
Disruptions in access to treatment and harm reduction services could set back effort to eliminate hep C in the U.S.
Alcoholism-related liver disease was a growing problem even before COVID-19, but the pandemic has dramatically added to the toll.
Age, underlying medical conditions, race/ethnicity and economic status all play a role in determining the risk for severe illness.
People with advanced liver cirrhosis are at greater risk for severe COVID-19 illness and death.
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