Sumary of More Than 100 Million People Worldwide Have or Had Long COVID: Study More than 40% of COVID-19 survivors across the world have or had long-term effects after recovering, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Michigan.:
- 18, 2021 — More than 40% of COVID-19 survivors across the world have or had long-term effects after recovering, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Michigan.
- Based on the number of infections reported globally by mid-October, that means more than 100 million people have experienced lingering health concerns or are still reporting problems following a COVID infection.
- “The health effects of COVID-19 appear to be prolonged and can exert marked stress on the healthcare system,” the researchers wrote.
- The research team reviewed 40 studies from 17 countries that looked at patients’ experiences with long COVID, which includes new or persistent symptoms that occur 4 or more weeks after infection.
- The studies included more than 886,000 patients who tested positive for COVID-19.Overall, the research team found that global prevalence of long COVID was about 43%.
- The rate was 49% among women and 37% among men, the researchers found.
- Based on a World Health Organization estimate of 237 million worldwide COVID-19 infections in mid-October, , more than 100 million people still experience or previously had long-term health consequences from the coronavirus, the researchers calculated.