Long COVID is a range of new, returning and ongoing health problems people can experience after they have had COVID-19.
Anyone who has had COVID-19 can develop long-term symptoms, including people who have had mild or asymptomatic COVID-19. Long COVID symptoms can include fatigue, shortness of breath, brain fog, stomach problems and loss of taste and smell, among others. Some people who developed COVID-19 early in the pandemic still have symptoms, over a year after their initial infection. Tens of thousands of Americans are struggling to manage Long COVID while doctors and medical researchers are learning more about the condition and how to treat it.
Katelyn Van Dyke,
a 20-year-old college sophomore, got COVID-19 in November 2020 and now has difficulty breathing when walking and memory loss.
a 26-year-old U.S. Air Force veteran, part-time student and essential worker, became infected with COVID-19 in October 2020 and now experiences debilitating nausea, chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness upon standing, heart palpitations and challenges with word comprehension.
a 22-year-old college senior, contracted COVID-19 in September 2020 and is now struggling to climb stairs, maintain a healthy social life and manage the uncertainty of his recovery due to ongoing fatigue and brain fog. His testimonial is available in Spanish and English.