JAMA Network published a research article on October 27 showing the long-term effects of COVID-19 on adults in the US and evaluating vaccine effectiveness for lasting symptoms, Health Leaders Media October 28 reports.
The World Health Organization defines symptoms that last for at least 2 months post-infection as long COVID-19. Many of the lasting symptoms are similar to symptoms of initial infection, including shortness of breath, cough, and fatigue.
The research article features data collected from a study of more than 16,000 adults who tested positive for COVID-19 at one point during the pandemic. Among the 16,091 survey respondents, 14.7% reported long COVID-19 symptoms. When this data was re-evaluated for national sociodemographic distributions, these patients represented 13.9% of patients.
The study also found:
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