Montefiore in the News
Health Check: “Long COVID” is Real but Help is Available
- January 22, 2021
More than 24 million Americans have been infected with COVID-19. Over 400 thousand have died from it. Many survivors, for reasons we do not yet understand, continue to suffer symptoms for months. The condition is often called “long COVID,” and the people struggling with it described as “long-haulers.”
In a survey of people with a positive COVID-19 test who were treated at Montefiore Medical Center from March to December 2020, more than 20 percent of respondents reported continued symptoms six months after testing positive. These were not only people treated in the hospital, but also people seen in their primary care clinic and at the emergency department who were not hospitalized. Indeed, “long COVID” seems to be just as common in people who were not hospitalized as in those who were.