Rising cases of long COVID spark concerns as nearly one in four adults in the US experience persistent symptoms

Rising cases of long COVID spark concerns in the US
Rising cases of long COVID spark concerns in the US

United States: The world has been dealing with COVID-19 for four (4) years; however, health experts and authorities have been researching to uncover the cause of long COVID. As the cases associated with the disease have been increasing with every passing day, researchers have been developing treatments for the same.

As per the latest data from the Census Bureau, nearly one in four adults have developed the symptoms of long COVID. The data by the Bureau revealed that the cases of long-term COVID are higher among adults who have been experiencing the symptoms for three months or longer, according to the reports by USA Today.

Long COVID – an emerging threat!

According to the report by the Washington State Health Department, a person who is suffering from COVID-19 can develop long COVID. Along with this, the State Department outlined that the condition can develop among people who suffer from severe COVID-19, women, older population, and people with other chronic diseases, as well as people who have not taken their jab against the infection.

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Along with this, the population which has been contracting the infection repeatedly is also prone to the infection.

Which states have been reporting a high number of long COVID cases?

The data from the Census Bureau has revealed that the list of the states with the highest percentage of adults – who tested positive for COVID-19 and have been suffering from the symptoms for three or more months – was reported in Oklahoma and Montana. Accordingly, both states have reported around 34 percent of adults suffering from long COVID.

Besides these states, Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama have also been reporting a high number of long COVID cases in the adults. Accordingly, at least a quarter of adults in the mentioned states have symptoms linked to COVID-19. In addition to this, health authorities are concerned because of the country’s low booster vaccine rates. Accordingly, the rate in Mississippi is 6.8 percent and in Louisiana as well as Alabama is 7.7 percent, as per USA Today.

How vaccination rate is impacting long COVID?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has raised concerns about the booster shots of the latest COVID-19 vaccine. The official data has revealed that 17 percent of the population has not received an updated booster shot. However, about 70 percent of the population has got a primary shot of the COVID-19 vaccine as of May 2023.

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According to various reports, a significant number of Americans received their most recent COVID-19 vaccine dose over a year ago. Consequently, if they contract the virus, the immunity acquired from the vaccine will have faded. Although their illness may not be as severe as someone who has never been vaccinated or exposed to the virus, experts highlighted that the severity of the illness would be less if they had received a recent vaccine dose, USA Today claimed.

The experts have further mentioned that the protection by the vaccination may fade over time, and this is the reason why people can catch the infection after a year. Another concern highlighted by the experts is a mutation of a variant of COVID-19. It is noteworthy that the variants of the virus mutate with time, and the body is not prepared for the new and stronger variant – attacking the body after a year of shots.

Signs and symptoms of COVID-19!

The common signs and symptoms experienced by a person dealing with long COVID are loss of smell or taste, thirst, chronic cough, chest pain, heart palpitations, brain fog, dizziness, abnormal movements, gastrointestinal symptoms, and issues with sexual desire or capacity.

Visual Representation for long COVID | Credits: Google

The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health.

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