'Long COVID' Symptoms Affect 20% Of Americans Who've Tested Positive

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Nearly 20% of Americans who tested affirmative for the coronavirus are inactive experiencing “long COVID” symptoms, according to a caller study shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention connected Wednesday.

Data collected from June 1 to June 13 by the U.S. Census Bureau and analyzed by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics showed that implicit 40% of U.S. adults said they had contracted COVID astatine immoderate constituent during the pandemic. Of those, 1 successful 5 proceed suffering from “long COVID.”

The Household Pulse Survey defined “long COVID” arsenic symptoms a diligent was not experiencing earlier investigating affirmative that lingered for 3 months oregon much aft the archetypal infection.

This 20-minute online survey, rolled retired successful April 2020 to stitchery accusation connected the authorities of the pandemic, was updated successful June to see questions astir post-COVID conditions. The survey showed that respective colonisation groups were much apt to acquisition the lingering symptoms, but didn’t research imaginable reasons for those patterns.

Women, for example, had a higher accidental of suffering from long-lasting symptoms than men, and older adults were little apt to acquisition “long COVID” than younger adults.

In addition, astir 9% of Hispanic adults had “long COVID,” compared with 7.5% of non-Hispanic whites and 6.8% of Black Americans.

The survey besides recovered bisexual and transgender adults are much apt to acquisition long-haul symptoms than adults of different intersexual orientations and identities. Specifically, 12% of bisexual adults are suffering from “long COVID,” compared with 7% of straight, cheery and lesbian adults.

The prevalence of “long COVID” besides varied by state, with Kentucky, Alabama, Tennessee and South Dakota among states with the highest percent of adults with the condition.

In different research, scientists astatine Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center of Harvard Medical School recovered omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 are capable to evade antibody responses successful radical who person recovered from COVID, and successful vaccinated and boosted people, according to CNN.

While BA.12.2.1 inactive accounts for the bulk of COVID cases successful the U.S., BA.4 and BA.5 are spreading, too. BA.5 accounted for 23.5% of full cases, and BA.4 caused 11.4% of cases successful the week ending June 18, according to the CDC.

This comes arsenic the U.S. reported 180,033 COVID-19 coronavirus cases and 795 deaths connected Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Cases whitethorn beryllium undercounted due to the fact that radical utilizing at-home COVID tests whitethorn not study their results to authorities.

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