United States: The Census Bureau, working on data, revealed that about one in every four American adults who once infected with COVID-19 has developed long COVID symptoms. It is shown by the recent data released by the Census Bureau.

While research is still underway to study the long COVID symptoms, much progress has been observed since the introduction of it in our lives. The experts believe that long COVID has a tendency to destroy people’s lives for months or even years, as USA Today reported.

Who develops long COVID symptoms, as per the health experts?

The condition is seen to be more common in those who have experienced severe symptoms of COVID-19. It mostly includes women, older adults, those with underlying medical conditions, and those who were unvaccinated, said the experts.

Moreover, those people who contracted COVID-19 multiple times are likely to have more health risks, including long COVID symptoms.

According to an analysis of Census Bureau data, the rate of adults facing COVID-19 symptoms for three months or longer are suffering through long COVID illness, as USA Today reported.

Census Bureau data analysis of the impact of long COVID

As per the latest data, a large group of people suffering from long COVID is the younger population. In the US, adults between 25 and 39 have the highest rate of long COVID symptoms. This is followed by adults aged 40 to 54.

According to the findings published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published in 2022, adults in the age group from 35 to 49 are more likely (8.9 percent) to have long COVID, who currently have a 4.7 percent tendency.

According to the census data, Cisgender women had the highest rates of long COVID-19 instances among adults.

Moreover, the Census Bureau kept track of the sexual orientation of adults who were infected by long COVID, as USA Today reported.

It said that the bisexual adults group was the second highest to get affected and report about long COVID symptoms, which was followed by those identifying themselves as straight. Among them, the count of those experiencing symptoms for three months or longer was 8.5 million.

Vaccination for long COVID

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As per the CDC estimates, about 70 percent of the United States population received a primary series of COVID-19 vaccinations as of May 2023. However, only 17 percent of the population has been administered the updated booster shots.

According to experts, most Americans received their last dose more than a year ago, which indicates they could catch COVID-19 as the immunity they had gotten from vaccination has faded.

However, they won’t get sick like a person who had never received any vaccination dose, but they will get sicker than the one who had a recent shot.

Dr. Leora Horwitz, who helped lead long COVID research from the New York University Grossman School of Medicine, stated that the vaccination definitely reduces the risk of long COVID.

Horwitz further added, “There’s almost nothing we can say to people to reduce their risk of long COVID, but the one thing we can say that is in their control is vaccination (including boosting),” as USA Today reported.

What are the long COVID symptoms?

As the researchers found, the long COVID symptoms which are most distinctive are- fatigue, especially after work-out; lightheadedness, brain fog; gastrointestinal-related problems; skipping of heartbeats; sexual desire or capacity-related problems; loss of smell or taste’; chronic cough; chest pain; and spontaneous movements.


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