COVID-19 increases shingles risk | Woman's Doctor

Catching COVID-19 may increase an older person's risk of developing shingles, a painful skin rash. Researchers found that people 50 and older who had an COVID-19 infection were 15% more likely to develop shingles, compared to people who were never infected. That risk climbed to 21% in people hospitalized with a severe case of COVID-19. Mercy Medical Center primary care physician Dr. Ernestine Wright said COVID-19 causes immune system disfunction.