1. The next COVID crisis

Cumulative COVID-19 surviving cases and estimated long COVID cases
Data: Our World In Data, Johns Hopkins University; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios

Long COVID is emerging as the next phase of the global health crisis, afflicting millions of people with neurological issues, cognitive difficulties, breathing problems and organ damage months after they fell ill.

  • It's also testing already overtaxed health systems with waves of chronic illness and patients who may never truly get better.
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