Adults Between 50 And 69 Most Likely To Report 'Long COVID'

By Bill Galluccio

September 16, 2021

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A new study from researchers in the United Kingdom has found that adults between the ages of 50 and 69 are most likely to suffer from long COVID. The Office for National Statistics questioned 26,000 people from late April through August 1 who recovered from COVID-19 and asked if they continued to experience any symptoms related to COVID.

The symptoms included "fever, headache, muscle ache, weakness/tiredness, nausea/vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste, and loss of smell."

Overall, 12,611 people said they had at least one of the symptoms up to four months following their infection. They found that 12.5% of adults between 50 and 69 reported symptoms four to eight weeks post-infection, and 5.8% said they continued to experience symptoms 12-16 weeks after they recovered.

In the United States, the National Institutes of Health announced it is launching a massive study on long COVID that will include up to 40,000 people.

"We know some people have had their lives completely upended by the major long-term effects of COVID-19," NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins said. "These studies will aim to determine the cause and find much-needed answers to prevent this often-debilitating condition and help those who suffer move toward recovery."

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