What is long covid? Current understanding about risks, symptoms and recovery. - The Washington Post

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This is a condition that we dont even have an agreed upon name for yet, and we dont have any understanding really of whats going on down at a chemical level, said Greg Vanichkachorn, medical director of Mayo Clinics COVID-19 Activity Rehabilitation Program. So, until we have that kind of understanding, its really important that we not make quick decisions about what long covid can or cant be.The National Institutes of Health has launched a research initiative to study the potential consequences of being infected with the coronavirus, including long covid, with the goal of identifying causes as well as means of prevention and treatment. It is building a nationwide study population to conduct that research.Story continues below advertisementIn the meantime, experts said, long covid shouldnt be dismissed or taken lightly. This is real, definable, and causes significant patient suffering, said Bruce Levy, chief of the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine at Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston.

The majority of people who got acutely infected felt totally normal before they had their infection, and now they dont feel normal. Thats jarring.Long covid is destroying careers, leaving economic distress in its wakeThe Washington Post spoke with experts who are researching and treatinglong covid, and compiled answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the condition. Please keep in mind that because covid and its potential long-term effects are continuing to be studied and understood, many of these answers are not definitive, and information is likely to change.