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Nearly 1 in 5 adults who have had COVID have persistent symptoms: US study

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Nearly one in five American adults who reported having had COVID-19 in the past still have symptoms of long COVID, according to survey data collected during the first two weeks of June, US officials said on Wednesday. of health.

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Overall, 1 in 13 adults in the United States have long-lasting COVID symptoms that last three months or more after they first contracted the disease, and which they did not have before infection, according to the data.

The data was collected June 1-13 by the US Census Bureau and analyzed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Long-running COVID symptoms range from fatigue, rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, cognitive difficulties, chronic pain, sensory abnormalities, and muscle weakness. They can be debilitating and last for weeks or months after the initial infection has healed.

The CDC’s analysis also found that young adults were more likely to have persistent symptoms than older adults.

Women were also more likely to have long COVID than men, the study found, with 9.4% of US adult women reporting symptoms of long COVID compared to 5.5% of men.

The survey found nearly 9% of Hispanic adults have long COVID, higher than non-Hispanic white and black adults, and more than double the percentage of non-Hispanic Asian adults.

There were also differences by US state, with Kentucky and Alabama reporting the highest percentage of adults with long COVID symptoms, while Hawaii, Maryland and Virginia reported the lowest. according to the survey.

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