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Long COVID

- December 2, 2022
Is enough being done to tackle this growing health crisis?
Photo of 18-year-old in hospital with long COVID, in Denver, Colorado, on August 30, 2022. (Getty Images/The Denver Post/Hyoung Chang)
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the incidence of long COVID has become a major public health concern. Currently, more than 150 million people worldwide and at least 18 million Americans suffer from the condition, whose symptoms range from fatigue and neurological illnesses to heart problems and can last weeks, months or longer. Evidence indicates that those who are unvaccinated and those who develop severe cases of COVID-19 have higher instances of long COVID, but those are not the only groups affected.

What challenges do many long COVID patients face when seeking a diagnosis and treatment?

How has the politicization of the virus affected mitigation efforts?

 
1910s–1920sGlobal influenza pandemic has lasting repercussions.
1940s–1960sFirst flu vaccine and global flu-tracking program launch.
1980sAIDS epidemic strikes, triggering patient-led advocacy, care and research.
2000–2010New flu vaccine emerges, followed by the first flu pandemic in 40 years.
2010s–PresentNew viruses pose challenges.
   

Will the U.S. National Research Action Plan on long COVID help address the health crisis?

Pro

Michele T. Longo
Assistant Professor and Clinical Neurologist at the Tulane Center for Clinical Neurosciences at the Tulane University School of Medicine..

Con

Angela Meriquez Vázquez and Lisa McCorkell
President, Body Politic; Co-founder, Patient-Led Research Collaborative.

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