Long COVID grips US: West Virginia reports highest cases, obesity and vaccination role highlighted

Visual Representation for Long COVID | Credits: Getty Images
Visual Representation for Long COVID | Credits: Getty Images

United States: The world has been witnessing severe effects of COVID-19, and currently, an infected person is experiencing lingering longer effects, which have been scientifically named COVID-19. 

The updates regarding the same were shared by the authorities – Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which tracks reported cases of COVID-19.

Which US states have been experiencing high cases of long-term COVID-19?

According to the stats shared by the health authorities, the highest number of long-term COVID-19 cases have been reported in West Virginia. Approximately 10.6 percent of the residents and citizens of the state complained about experiencing long-term effects of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in 2022.

Visual Representation for COVID and its symptoms

West Virginia was followed by Alabama and Montana, which reportedly had 9.8 respondents with long-term COVID effects, according to Fox News.

Some other states, which were having more than eight percent (8%) of long COVID cases are:

  • North Dakota (9.3%),
  • Oklahoma (9.1%),
  • Wyoming (9.0%),
  • Tennessee (8.9%),
  • Mississippi (8.7%),
  • Iowa, South Dakota, and Utah (8.3%)

The report also mentioned that across the United States, approximately 6.9 percent of American adults have ever experienced long-COVID. It is to be noted that the highest numbers of long-term COVID-19 infections were found in the South, West, and Midwest. However, the lowest number of cases were reported in New England and the Pacific.

Prominent role is maintained by Obesity and Vaccines: Doctors

According to the clinical professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center – Dr Marc Siegel, who also acts as a medical contributor for Fox News, highlighted that more studies must be conducted to examine the long COVID. It is to be noted that Siegel was not involved in the study conducted by the CDC.

While having a discussion at Fox News Digital, he emphasized, “Vaccine uptake clearly plays a role, as multiple studies have shown that at least three shots decrease the risk of long-term COVID significantly.”

Elaborating upon another significant factor, he mentioned, “We know that obesity, for example, increases the risk of severe COVID dramatically, and severe COVID correlates with persistent symptoms and long COVID.”

Siegel further pointed out, “In fact, obesity is the highest in the South and Midwest (over 35%),” noted Siegel, “and it is probably no accident that obesity is the highest in the country in West Virginia (41%), which also has the highest rate of long COVID,” according to the reports by Fox News.

How long COVID can be explained?

Long COVID is a state where the effects of the virus linger for an extended duration, typically lasting three months or beyond. The persisting symptoms encompass fatigue, respiratory issues, and neurological symptoms, commonly known as “brain fog.”

Visual Representation for long-COVID | Credits: Adobe Stock

According to Siegel, “Long COVID is still an ill-defined term, but for me, the most prominent features are persistent fatigue, brain fog, shortness of breath, cough, and rapid heart rate or arrhythmias.”

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