Long COVID News

Long COVID, also known as post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC), refers to a range of symptoms persisting for weeks or months after the initial COVID-19 infection has resolved. Symptoms can include fatigue, shortness of breath, cognitive impairments (“brain fog”), chest pain, and joint pain, among others. It can affect individuals regardless of the severity of their initial infection, though it is more commonly reported in those who experienced severe illness, older adults, women, and individuals with pre-existing conditions. The exact prevalence varies, but an estimated 10-30% of COVID-19 survivors may develop long COVID. While the pathophysiology is still under investigation, management focuses on alleviating symptoms and providing supportive care, highlighting the significant impact of long COVID on public health and individual well-being.