According to the data from the federal government, long COVID is more prevalent among women than it is among men.
According to statistics that were released this month by the United States Census Bureau and the National Center for Health Statistics, more than 17% of women and 11% of men in the United States had long COVID at some point during the epidemic.
Long Covid was defined as experiencing symptoms for three months or more after infection. The most recent data was collected through an online survey of more than 41,000 adults during the two weeks ending Oct. 17.
According to the findings of the study, women were also more likely to suffer from more severe long COVID. Statistics show that about 2.4% of women said they had symptoms that made it hard for them to do normal things, but only 1.3% of men said they had such symptoms.
According to the findings of the study, more than 14% of people in the United States had long COVID at some point during the epidemic. Seven percent of people living in the United States have long COVID, according to the research.
If such numbers were accurate for the overall population, then 36 million people might have had long COVID at some point during the epidemic, and 18 million could be coping with it at the present time.
According to the research, around 2% of individuals in the United States had suffered from more severe long COVID symptoms that considerably hindered their ability to engage in day-to-day activities. That is the same as saying that the overall adult population of the United States includes more than 5 million individuals.
According to the findings of a different study conducted by the Brookings Institution, there are as many as 4 million individuals in the United States who are unable to work because of long COVID.
Long Covid may cause a broad variety of symptoms that can range from moderate to severe and can impact a number of different organ systems. According to recent research that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, some of the symptoms that are reported the most often include problems with memory or brain fog, weariness, shortness of breath, and loss of smell.
In addition, the JAMA research discovered that women had a much higher incidence of long COVID. Women accounted for about 18% of COVID survivors who reported having symptoms for more than two months, whereas men made up 10% of this group.
It’s possible that the dominant COVID variation and a person’s vaccination status both have an influence on the likelihood that they’ll obtain long COVID.
According to the study published in JAMA, nearly 60% of people who developed long Covid were infected with the initial virus strain that emerged in China, while more than 17% caught the delta variant, and more than 10% had omicron. All three variants of the virus were found in people who developed COVID.
According to the findings of the research, 87 percent of those who had long COVID had never had a vaccination.
According to Dr. Roy Perlis, the primary author of the research and co-director of the Center for Quantitative Health at Massachusetts General Hospital, “There may be distinctions in these strains and how likely they are to cause long COVID that might educate us something about why this occurs.”
More than sixteen thousand people who tested positive for COVID were analyzed in the research that was published in JAMA the week before last. The information was gathered through the COVID States Project, a nationwide online survey that was done every six weeks from February 2021 to July 2022.
Scientists do not understand the underlying cause of long COVID yet, though there’s a growing consensus that it is likely several distinct conditions and not a single disease. The National Institutes of Health is enrolling a massive study, called Recover, to precisely define the different types of long COVID, identify risk factors, and develop tests and treatments.