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Posts • December 23, 2021

What you need to know about Long COVID

A recent study has shown that, for more than a third of people who get COVID-19, symptoms of the virus will continue for upwards of six months.

What doctors are calling “Long COVID” is the long-term effect the virus can have on patients, including fatigue, shortness of breath, difficulty concentrating, fevers, anxiety, and depression. Some patients have even reported symptoms appearing months after testing positive, despite having none initially.

Long COVID is now affecting everyday life for many people in our county. Patients are reporting significant negative impacts including disruption in their jobs, ability to exercise and interacting with other people. Fatigue and cognitive impairment are the most common, with 60% of Long COVID patients reporting these symptoms.

Lingering symptoms of Long COVID remind us that this problem is not going away, and that we need to continue staying vigilant with our recommended safety measures. Remember, even people who are asymptomatic or have beaten COVID-19 can still experience Long COVID symptoms months later. Especially during the busy holiday season, everyone should continue following safety measures like vaccinations and boosters, masks and social distancing.

Doctors and scientists are continuing to study the long-term effects of COVID-19, hoping to understand what the complications may be for people who suffer from it. But with all of the uncertainty surrounding this stage of the pandemic, this much is certain: Vaccines save lives, they’re free, and they’re easy to access in St. Louis County!

Visit our vaccine portal for the easiest way to find a safe, effective, free COVID-19 vaccine near you. Time off from work to get your shot, and to recover from any side effects, is guaranteed. 

Vaccines are available at many places across the county, including our weekly library clinics. There’s no health insurance, payment, or proof of residency required. Drop in any time during a county vaccine event to help make your community safer.

Visit our vaccine portal today to learn more, and get your shot at the location nearest to you!