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According to a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll, 7% of American adults say they have e

According to a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll, 7% of American adults say they have e


According to a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll, 7% of American adults say they have experienced “long COVID,” which was defined as “a range of symptoms” associated with COVID-19 that “last weeks or months” after the initial infection ends.

Extrapolated to the entire U.S. population, that number represents about 18 million people, underscoring the pervasiveness of the condition more than two years into a pandemic that has infected well over 100 million Americans.

Research on long COVID continues to emerge. The U.K. government has been tracking the prevalence of ongoing symptoms; last week the Biden administration announced that it was ramping up its own long COVID efforts as well. And numerous studies have attempted to gauge how widespread the still-ill-defined condition is.

In comparison, the Yahoo News/YouGov poll of 1,619 U.S. adults, which was conducted from March 31 to April 4, is more limited in scope, relying on a small but statistically significant sample to pinpoint population-wide patterns. That said, the Yahoo News/YouGov estimate of 18 million adult U.S. long COVID patients aligns with the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation’s own estimate (about 24 million U.S. long COVID patients of all ages), suggesting that the new survey is at least somewhat representative.

Likewise, 21% of Americans tell Yahoo News and YouGov that they have tested positive for COVID-19, and an additional 15% say they have never tested positive but have experienced symptoms they “believe were COVID-19.” The 7% of respondents who consider themselves long COVID patients account for one-third of the first group (confirmed cases) and one-fifth of the two groups combined (confirmed cases plus suspected cases) — again, right in line with early studies showing that anywhere from 10% to 36% of COVID survivors continue to report at least one symptom up to six months after first testing positive.

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✍️: Yahoo News
📷: AP + Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images




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