NYTimes: Over 75 Percent of Long Covid Patients Were Not Hospitalized for Initial Illness, Study Finds
The overall burden of long-covid in the United States is estimated to be about 10-30% of adults who have had COVID. New findings show that even people who did not have bad reactions to COVID upon infection are still at high risk for developing long-covid symptoms. Some of these symptoms include difficulty breathing, fatigue and cognitive impairments, including memory loss. Doctors believe the numbers reported are likely underestimates of the true number of people experiencing long-covid symptoms, due to those who never seek treatment, and the lack of tracking of people using government insurance from Medicaid and Medicare. Additionally, almost a third of people with reported long COVID symptoms had no pre-existing condition. More research needs to be done with a more representative sample, as the previously mentioned data comes from those with private insurance, but the prevalence and potential burden of long covid is incredibly daunting. To read the full article, click here. To read more about COVID-19, click here.