PANAJI: According to a report released by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), young adults in India are not at greater risk of experiencing sudden, unexplained deaths due to the COVID-19 vaccination. The medical research body went on to say that certain lifestyle choices, a family history of unexpected deaths, and previous COVID-19 hospitalizations all contributed to a higher rate of unexplained sudden deaths among children in India.
“Among young adults in India, the COVID-19 vaccination did not raise the risk of an unexplained sudden death. Factors associated with unexplained sudden deaths among adults aged 18-45 years in India – A multicentric matched case–control study read. “Past COVID-19 hospitalization, family history of sudden death, and certain lifestyle behaviors increased the likelihood of unexplained sudden death.”
Following the emergence of reports of unexpected deaths among healthy adults in India, the researchers carried out their investigations. These reports raised questions about whether the COVID-19 vaccine or the deaths themselves were related to the virus.
The sudden, unexplained deaths of Indian adults in the age range of 18 to 45 years were being investigated by the ICMR. 2,916 controls and 729 cases were enrolled by the researchers. In the cases under study, healthy individuals between the ages of 18 and 45 who had no co-morbidities unexpectedly passed away from unknown causes between October 1, 2021, and March 31, 2023.
Data on smoking, recreational drug use, alcohol frequency and binge drinking, family history of sudden death, COVID-19 vaccination/infection and post-COVID health conditions, and intense physical activity two days prior to death/research interviews were gathered by the experts.
An increase in adult unexplained sudden deaths has been attributed to a number of factors, including prior COVID-19 hospitalization, a family history of sudden death, binge drinking 48 hours prior to death or research interview, using recreational drugs or substances, and engaging in intense physical activity 48 hours prior to death or research interview. According to the ICMR study, “two doses lowered the odds of unexplained sudden death, whereas single dose did not.”