“Alarming” Amount of Americans With Long Covid Symptoms?!

(VitalNews.org) – After the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, many people experienced a whole range of different symptoms, including long Covid symptoms.

These symptoms typically linger well past when you recover from the sickness; some have had their symptoms for years after getting better. Over the last few months, there has been an alarming increase in the cases of long Covid symptoms, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The numbers show that over 17 million Americans could be living with long Covid symptoms. To be considered long-term symptoms they must last for at least four weeks after recovering from the virus.

Lara Jirmanus, a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School, said “The rise in long Covid cases is particularly worrisome because we still don’t know all of the things that long Covid does, how it does it, and why.” Jirmanus continued, “Nobody knows what long Covid will do five years from now. I don’t think it’s wise to throw all caution to the wind.”

David Putrino, who works for a Center for Recovery From Complex Chronic Illness, says that vaccines and isolation will help avoid these long-term effects, but the best way to avoid it is to avoid Covid altogether.

“Every time you get a Covid infection, you place yourself at higher risk of going on to develop long Covid,” Putrino said.

Experts also added that there is no cure for long-term Covid symptoms and there’s not much research going into it at the moment either. These symptoms can also get worse every time you get the virus, making you more at risk.

There has been a push for the government to be open with the public about the risks of these longer-term symptoms and their likelihood, especially as millions are living with symptoms like loss of smell, loss of taste, headaches, and many more for months after having the virus.

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