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What does long COVID feel like?

Hanh Truong, The Sacramento Bee on

Published in Health & Fitness

Getting long haul COVID, also known as long COVID, is not uncommon.

A study from PLOS Medicine, a non-profit medical journal, found that "over 1 in 3 patients had one or more features of long-COVID recorded between 3 and 6 months after a diagnosis of COVID-19."

Recent research, however, has differing standpoints on who is more susceptible to lingering symptoms.

PLOS Medicine found that the risk of long COVID was higher in people who had severe infections and was slightly higher in females and young adults.

A study from September by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Long Beach found that people 40 years and older, women, Black individuals and those with known pre-existing conditions "reported higher numbers" of long COVID.

The CDC notes, "As the number of recovered COVID-19 patients increases, monitoring the prevalence of post-acute sequelae among larger cohorts in diverse populations will be necessary to understand and manage this condition."


Post-acute sequelae refers to long COVID. In layman's terms, we don't know everything yet.

And according to Dr. Christian Sandrock of the University of California, Davis School of Medicine, there is no specific age or gender group that is more likely to experience long haul COVID.

However, Sandrock, who works with patients who have acute COVID and long haul symptoms at UC Davis Health, said pre-existing mental health conditions can be impacted by long COVID.

"If you've either had strong anxiety or depression or prior PTSD, we're seeing that those are risk factors," he said.


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