Confused woman with hands in air More than one-third (35%) of respondents don’t know what kind of insurance they would be able to use to pay for expenses if they were to get long COVID. (Photo: Shutterstock)

More than two years into the pandemic, most Americans still underestimate the prevalence of long COVID-19, according to a new survey from online insurance marketplace Policygenius. In fact, 61% of survey respondents estimate that long COVID affects up to 20% of the population, while actual studies show it actually impacts 31% of North Americans who have contracted the virus. What’s more, one-third of Americans greatly underestimate the likelihood of the post-viral syndrome, with 27% believing the prevalence is “up to 10%” and 8% believing it is “0%.”

“Long COVID” is the term generally used to describe COVID-19 symptoms that linger for 60 to 90 days or longer after infection or hospitalization.

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