1 in 9 Adults in the US Experiencing Long Covid: CDC

Washington, D.C. February 14, 2024- New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that about one in nine adults in the United States who have previously contracted Covid-19 continue to experience symptoms associated with Long Covid, showing the prolonged impact of the virus on a significant portion of the population.

To address the growing concern surrounding Long Covid and bolster research efforts in this area, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced a substantial investment on Tuesday. The NIH revealed plans to allocate an additional $515 million over the next four years into the Researching Covid to Enhance Recovery (RECOVER) Initiative. This nationwide research program aims to comprehensively understand, diagnose, and treat Long Covid.

According to a report from Xinhua news agency, nearly 90,000 adults and children are actively participating in RECOVER observational studies conducted across more than 300 clinical research sites throughout the country.

The initiative’s findings, including the identification of major symptom clusters, are proving instrumental in aiding clinical researchers to better recognize Long Covid in their patients. Ultimately, this knowledge will inform improved diagnosis, treatment, and care for individuals affected by Long Covid.

The initiative’s focus on comprehensive research endeavors underscores a concerted effort to address the lingering health challenges faced by Covid-19 survivors, offering hope for better understanding and management of Long Covid in the future.

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