Major Life Stressors ‘Strongly Predictive’ of Long COVID Symptoms

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. After recovery from acute infection with SARS-CoV-2, major stressful life events such as the death of a loved one or financial insecurity can have a significant impact on the development of long COVID symptoms, new research suggests. Major life stressors in … Read more

I’m a Physician Battling Long COVID. I Can Assure You It’s Real

Dr. Monica Verduzco Gutierrez, MD One in 5. It almost seems unimaginable that this is the real number of people who are struggling with long COVID, especially considering how many people in the US have had COVID-19 at this point (more than 96 million). Yet I continue to hear of people who are struggling, and … Read more

Physiatrist Group Issues First Guidelines for Long COVID in Kids

Editor’s note: Find the latest long COVID news and guidance in Medscape’s Long COVID Resource Center. Working with physicians from multiple specialties, the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) has issued the first set of guidelines related to the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric patients with long COVID. The physiatrist organization also issued … Read more

Prior Psychological Distress Tied to ‘Long COVID’ Conditions

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Experiencing psychological distress prior to becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2 is tied to an increased risk for post-COVID conditions often called “long COVID,” new research suggests. In an analysis of almost 55,000 adult participants in three ongoing studies, having depression, anxiety, worry, … Read more

Hospital Programs Tackle Mental Health Effects of Long COVID

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. There’s little doubt that long COVID is real. Even as doctors and federal agencies struggle to define the syndrome, hospitals and health care systems are opening long COVID specialty treatment programs. Today, there’s at least one long COVID center in almost … Read more

Profound Neuroinflammation Tied to Long COVID Pathophysiology

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The covered study in this summary was published on medRxiv.org as a preprint and has not yet been peer reviewed. Key Takeaway In-vivo of evidence of widespread neuroinflammation using a quantitative assessment, [18F]DPA-714 PET, implicates profound neuroinflammation in the pathophysiology of … Read more

CDC Says About 20% Get Long COVID. New Models Try Define It

As the number of people persistent, and sometimes debilitating, symptoms from COVID-19 increases, researchers have struggled to pinpoint exactly how common so-called “long COVID” is, as well as how to clearly define exactly who has it or who is likely to get it. Now, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) researchers have concluded that … Read more

Long COVID Neuropsychiatric Deficits Greater Than Expected

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. NEW ORLEANS – Patients experiencing brain fog and other persistent symptoms of long COVID show significant deficits on neuropsychiatric testing that correspond to infection with prior acute COVID-19, adding to mounting evidence of the significant toll the chronic condition can have … Read more

Most COVID Long-Haulers Suffer Fallout for More Than a Year

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Most COVID-19 long-haulers continue to have brain fog, fatigue and compromised quality of life more than a year after the initial infection, results from the most extensive follow up to date of a group of long COVID patients show. Most patients … Read more

What Can We Do About It?

The COVID-19 pandemic and associated vaccination efforts have brought the issue of vaccine hesitancy to the forefront of media and public attention. From 2019 to 2021, the prevalence of the term “hesitancy” in titles of scientific literature has risen from 3.3% to 8.3%, and continued skepticism around the SARS-CoV-2 vaccines remains a significant barrier in … Read more