September 29, 2022
Most 'long COVID' patients were not initially hospitalized with the infection, study finds

Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly from the St. Louis VA Healthcare System talks about a study that found an increased risk of death in patients who developed so-called ‘long COVID.’

About 76% of people who have been diagnosed with the post-coronavirus health condition known as “long COVID” were not sick enough to be hospitalized when they were initially infected, according to a study released Wednesday. 

The study released Wednesday, which was conducted by the non-profit FAIR Health and has not been peer-reviewed, analyzed more than 78,000 people who were diagnosed with long COVID between October 2021 and January 2022. 

While the elderly are most vulnerable to serious complications from COVID-19, people between the ages of 36 and 50 were most susceptible to developing long COVID. 

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