CDC: Long COVID Can Be Deadly

More than 3,500 Americans died of long-COVID-related illness during the pandemic’s first 2 ½ years, according to a new report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics.

Long COVID lacks a specific definition, but generally covers signs, symptoms, and conditions that continue or develop after initial infection. The diagnosis often is associated with cognitive impairment, breathlessness, fatigue, and coughing.

Deaths associated with long COVID, and cited in the study released Wednesday by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, represents 0.3% of the 1 million overall deaths from coronavirus.

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