Long Covid in Covid Survivors

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According the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study, more than 1 in 5 adult COVID survivors in U.S. may develop long COVID symptoms.

The study reportedly “evaluated electronic medical records for nearly 2 million people — comparing those who had been infected with the coronavirus with those who were not. The most common post-COVID conditions, regardless of age, were respiratory problems and musculoskeletal pain,” writes The New York Times.

Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly, chief of research and development at the VA St. Louis Health Care System and a clinical epidemiologist at Washington University in St. Louis, told The New York Times:

It is sobering to see the results of this study again confirming the breadth of organ dysfunction and the scale of the problem.

Some key highlights of the study are summarized by Forbes.

Forbes: Key Highlights
  • “Vaccines reduced the risk of death among Covid patients by 34% and decreased the risk of some of the most debilitating long Covid symptoms—lung and blood-clotting disorders—by 49% and 56% respectively, according to the Washington University study, published in Nature Medicine on Wednesday.
  • “But vaccinated, immunocompromised people were still 17% more likely to develop long Covid symptoms than healthy, vaccinated people, according to the study, which examined the data of more than 113,00 unvaccinated Covid patients and 33,000 vaccinated patients who experienced breakthrough infections from January 1 to November 1 2021.
  • “The results suggest that vaccinations “remain critically important in the fight against COVID-19,” but seem to only offer “modest protection” against long Covid, Ziyad Al-Aly, an author of the study and clinical epidemiologist at the Washington University School of Medicine said in a statement.
  • “The Washington University study comes after the CDC on Tuesday published new research showing Covid survivors are two times more likely to develop respiratory issues or pulmonary embolism than those who haven’t had Covid.
  • “The CDC study—which analyzed electronic health records of more than 60 million adults across the country during March 2020 to November 2021—found as many as one out of every four adults ages 65 years and older experienced long Covid symptoms, and were more at risk than those younger than 65 for developing kidney failure, neurological conditions and most mental health conditions.

Source: Forbes

Quoting the authors of the CDC study, the Times writes that “post-COVID conditions might ‘affect a patient’s ability to contribute to the workforce and might have economic consequences for survivors and their dependents.’ They added that ‘care requirements might place a strain on health services‘ in ‘communities that experience heavy COVID-19 case surges‘.”

Dr. Al-Aly told the Times that he agreed that Covid infected people should be evaluated for other medical problems too. “Now that we are in possession of knowledge that COVID-19 can lead to serious long-term consequences, we need to develop additional tools to reduce the risk of long COVID.”

Coronavirus-19 vaccination watch

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of May 25) 743,369,455 doses have been distributed and 585,416,027 doses administered. According MDH COVID-19 Response vaccine data a total of 9,997,599 doses of Covid-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) vaccines have been administered in Minnesota. According to the MDH latest tally (as of May 25) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 1,500,556 with 12,610 deaths.