May 25, 2022 - Health

1 in 5 coronavirus infections may become long COVID

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Roughly one in five adults younger than 65 — and one in four seniors — will go on to develop another health condition that might be attributable to previous COVID-19 exposure, new CDC data shows.

Why it matters: The data quantifies just how prevalent COVID aftereffects may be in the general population.

  • Those conditions include kidney failure, skeletomuscular conditions, and blood clots and other vascular issues.

Zoom in: The study analyzed more than 353,000 de-identified electronic health records from the Cerner Real-World database between March 2020 to November 2021.

  • Researchers found those who've recovered from a COVID-19 infection have twice the risk for developing pulmonary embolism or respiratory conditions.
  • Patients 65 and older in the study were at increased risk for neurologic conditions and four of five mental health conditions.

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