Jan 27, 2023 - Health

Reported long COVID drops, analysis finds

Share of people who have had long COVID who are still experiencing symptoms
Data: U.S. Census Household Pulse Survey; Chart: Axios Visuals

Among people who have ever had COVID, the share who say they currently or have ever had long COVID declined from 35% in June 2022 to 28% in January 2023, according to an analysis from KFF.

  • The decline was driven by a reduction in the share who currently reported active symptoms, which fell from about 1 in 5 people to about 1 in 10 people, per the analysis of data from the CDC's Household Pulse Survey.

Why it matters: It's a bit of encouraging data in what has been a mysterious, debilitating problem for millions.

  • However, long COVID remains a problem for many. As of Jan. 16, 15% of all adults in the U.S. report having had long COVID symptoms at some point, including 6% who had current symptoms.
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