man at desk looking stressed The debilitating symptoms of long COVID occur in a small minority of cases, but they are devastatingly real for the individuals experiencing them. (Photo: Shutterstock)

More than two years after the onset of the coronavirus, many have shed their protective face masks and resumed activity levels closely resembling their pre-pandemic routines. However, the COVID-19 era is far from over. Although the worst appears to be behind us, we continue to see resurgences of people contracting the virus as it mutates into new strains. Perhaps more notably, millions around the world are living with “long COVID” and its lingering symptoms — months, and in some cases, a couple of years, after initially having the virus.

Long COVID is a colloquial term for the condition whose scientific name is post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC); it’s also sometimes referred to as long-haul COVID, long-term COVID or post-COVID conditions/syndrome. The umbrella term encompasses those experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 long after the expected recovery period.

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