Millions Have Long COVID, and More Are Expected



Zachary Schwartz, MD, medical director, Vancouver General Hospital’s Post-COVID-19 Recovery Clinic. 

Rainu Kaushal, MD, senior associate dean for clinical research, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York City; co-lead, National Institutes of Health RECOVER Initiative study on long COVID in adults and children.

Alexander Charney, MD, PhD, lead principal investigator, RECOVER adult cohort, Mount Sinai, New York City; assistant professor of psychiatry, genetics and genomic sciences, neuroscience, and neurosurgery, Icahn Mount Sinai.

Katie Bach, senior fellow, Brookings Institution.

David Cutler, PhD, professor of economics, Harvard University.

CDC: ”Long COVID, Household Pulse Survey.”

U.S. Census Bureau: “U.S. Adult population grew faster than nation’s total population from 2010 to 2020.”

U.S. Government Accountability Office: Science & Tech Spotlight: Long COVID

The Journal of the American Medical Association: “Prevalence and correlates of long COVID symptoms among U.S. adults,” “Association Between BNT162b2 Vaccination and Long COVID After Infections Not Requiring Hospitalization in Health Care Workers.”

The Lancet: “Persistence of somatic symptoms after COVID-19 in the Netherlands: an observational cohort study.”

Health Canada: “Frequency and impact of longer-term symptoms following COVID-19 in Canadian adults.”

U.K. Office for National Statistics: “Prevalence of ongoing symptoms following coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in the UK: 3 November 2022.” 

World Health Organization: “At least 17 million people in the WHO European Region experienced long COVID in the first two years of the pandemic; millions may have to live with it for years to come.”

The Guardian: “The data is clear: long Covid is devastating people’s lives and livelihoods,” ”Trajectory of long covid symptoms after covid-19 vaccination: community based cohort study.”


Nature: “Outcomes among confirmed cases and a matched comparison group in the Long-COVID in Scotland study” (updated with correction).



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