A study by British researchers found that people who contract COVID-19 are 95 times more likely to experience blood clots to the brain than the general population. COVID-19 also causes 10 times more cases of dangerous clotting than either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, and eight times more than the AstraZeneca vaccine, according to a non-peer-revewed preprint version of the paper released Thursday.
This study sheds light on just how rare cases of cerebral venous thrombosis or CVT occur from the COVID-19 vaccines compared to the neurological side effects of the disease itself. The research comes days after U.S. government officials called for a pause in administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which works similarly to the AstraZeneca shot.
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The recommendation came after six women who received the J & J vaccine developed CVT. One woman in Virginia died and a second women from Nebraska is in critical condition, according to The New York Times.
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