May 7, 2022 - Health

2. What we know about long COVID

Incidence of long COVID symptoms within 180 days of contracting COVID-19
Data: PLOS Medicine; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios

Long COVID is likely not just a single illness, but instead a number of different types of disorders sparked to life by a COVID infection.

Why it matters: The hydra-headed nature of the condition is just one of the complexities researchers are only beginning to tease out as they try to understand why some people develop multiple chronic symptoms after what often starts as a mild coronavirus infection.

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