US Survey: About 7% of Adults, 1% of Children Have Had Long COVID

Emily Harris, JAMA. 2023;330(16):1516. doi:10.1001/jama.2023.19208 Medical News in Brief October 2023 JAMA Network

More than 3% of US adults had post–COVID-19 condition, or long COVID, at the time of a 2022 National Health Interview Survey, and about 7% reported ever having had the condition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced. A similar trend held for children, with 0.5% having long COVID at the time of the survey and 1.3% ever having had the condition.

Women and girls were more likely than men and boys, respectively, to have ever had long COVID, defined by the presence of symptoms lasting for 3 months or longer after infection with SARS-CoV-2. Children aged 12 to 17 years were more likely than younger children to have long COVID, as were adults aged 35 to 49 years compared with other adult respondents.

Published Online: October 4, 2023. doi:10.1001/jama.2023.19208

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