As pulmonologists and critical care physicians who treat patients with lung illness, we have heard many of our patients recovering from COVID-19 say this to us months after their initial diagnosis. Though they have survived the most dangerous part of their disease, they have yet to recover to their pre-COVID-19 baseline, having difficulty with tasks ranging from heavy exercise to washing laundry.
These persistent symptoms, known as extended COVID, have afflicted up to one in every five American individuals diagnosed with COVID-19. Long COVID causes a variety of symptoms, including cognitive fog, weariness, coughing, and shortness of breath. These symptoms can be caused by injury or dysfunction of numerous organ systems, and identifying the causes of protracted COVID is a primary emphasis of the Biden-Harris Commission.
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