With the Delta variant contributing to a surge in new cases across the country even as over half the population has been vaccinated, the COVID-19 pandemic is still a force to be reckoned with in the United States. While most people recover from a COVID infection within a few weeks, incidences of Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection or PASC, otherwise known as "Long COVID," are alarmingly increasing.

Symptoms of PASC commonly include cognitive impairment or "brain fog," chest pain and palpitations, shortness of breath, fatigue, and joint pain. These symptoms may be new or persistent, arising up to four weeks after the initial illness. Two recent publications from the Journal of the American Medical Association report that 3 to 10 million Americans experience these symptoms, regardless of duration and intensity of original COVID infection.

A new study from The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) details PASC cases by state. Using COVID-19 data from Johns Hopkins University as well as U.S. census data, the AAPM&R study assumes that up to 30% of surviving COVID-19 cases result in PASC.

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Richard Binder

Richard Binder, based in New York, is part of the social media team at ALM. He is also a 2014 recipient of the ASPBE Award for Excellence in the Humorous/Fun Department.