Persistent Covid-19 symptoms noted in 1 in 5 US adults

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Nearly one in five American adults who participated in a poll and that declared having suffered from Covid-19 in the past has persistent coronavirus symptomsaccording to data collected in the first two weeks of June, local health authorities reported on Wednesday.

The figure reported corresponds to those who participated in the study; however, the estimate is broader and it is calculated that, in general, 1 in 13 adults in the United States has symptoms of persistent Covid that last three months or more after first contracting the disease, and who did not have it before infection, the data suggest.

The data was collected through an online questionnaire from June 1 to 13 and analyzed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Symptoms of prolonged Covid-19 range from fatigue, rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, cognitive difficulties, chronic pain, sensory abnormalities and muscle weakness. They can be debilitating and last for weeks or months after recovery from the initial infection.

The CDC analysis also found that younger adults were more likely to report persistent symptoms than older adults.

According to the study, women were also more likely to report prolonged COVID symptoms than men, with 9.4% of U.S. adult women reporting prolonged COVID symptoms, compared to 5.5% of men.

The survey revealed that almost 9% of Hispanic adults declared prolonged Covidmore than non-Hispanic black and white adults, and more than twice the percentage of non-Hispanic Asian adults.

Among the limitations of the experimental survey, the CDC warns in the technical notes that the percentage of adults who declare having ever had Covid-19 is lower than estimates based on national seroprevalence studies. The survey is also based on online responses, and had a low response rate (6.2%).

(With information from Reuters)

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