Symptoms of Long COVID Differ for People of Different Racial and Ethnic Groups


Long COVID, a condition with long-term symptoms and health problems following SARS-CoV-2 infection, shows differing likelihoods of diagnoses. A study supported by RECOVER found that from a sample of more than 30,000 with a Long COVID diagnosis, the majority of the patients were White, non-Hispanic, female, and more likely to live in affluent areas. However, in another study by the same initiative, researchers found that people from certain racial and ethnic groups are more likely than other groups to experience symptoms linked to Long COVID. Compared with White adults, Black and Hispanic adults who had severe COVID-19 were more likely to develop the symptoms associated with Long COVID. Ultimately, with the new data on the symptoms and conditions of people of different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups, there may need to be revisions to how people are being screened, diagnosed, and treated for Long COVID.

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