HealthDay Reports: 'Stress Hormone' Levels May Indicate Severity of COVID-19
A new study finds that high levels of cortisol are associated with an increased risk of death among people with COVID-19.
FRIDAY, June 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- High levels of the stress hormone cortisol are associated with an increased risk of death among COVID-19 patients, according to a new study.
The findings could be used to identify COVID-19 patients who are more likely to require intensive care, the researchers suggested.
Cortisol levels can rise when the body is stressed due to illness. High levels are dangerous, leading to increased risk of infection and poor outcomes.