In a new study done by researchers at the University of Florida, they discovered that patients who survive severe COVID-19 are 2.5 times as likely to die within 12 months of becoming infected compared to those who didn’t catch the virus.

The researchers followed 13,000 patients, known as long haul COVID sufferers, to come to this conclusion.

Concluding that mortality risk was ‘significantly higher’ for the patients with severe Covid compared to those with mild cases or no infection, the researchers also stressed that vaccines work by preventing contracting COVID in the first place.