Globally, about 58 million people have Hepatitis C, with 1.5 million new infections each year.
Hepatitis B virus can be transmitted by blood transfusions or contact with an infected person's blood through cuts, open sores, shared needles and razors, or ear piercing equipment.
Researchers at the University of Copenhagen and Hvidovre Hospital found that the virus just puts on a 'mask', helping it to remain hidden while making copies of itself to infect new cells.
Being the most important organ of the body, the liver is involved in a multitude of functions and any abnormality or restriction in its function can severely affect the body.
The study highlights the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on hospital-wide and ambulatory HCV testing, and the ramifications of this decrease.
It is difficult to completely destroy the hepatitis B and C viruses once they have entered the body.