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Long Covid Disables Millions Worldwide, Even as Rates Ease, Study Shows

  • About 1% of Covid patients have persistent symptoms for a year
  • Study helps explain why millions have dropped out of workforce
   

   

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Long Covid eases with time, according to a study that found about 1% of coronavirus patients had persistent symptoms for a year or more.

In the first rigorous assessment of the magnitude of long Covid on a global scale, researchers found 6.2% of people who had Covid-19 in the pandemic’s first two years experienced at least one of three main groups of symptoms three months later. Of those patients, 15% were still afflicted after a year, they found.