CHARLOTTE, N.C. — COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations may remain low around most of the country, but cases of long COVID refuse to go away.
Let's connect the dots.
A new report from the Government Accountability Office estimates about 23 million Americans are affected by long COVID.
It's so bad that many patients now find themselves waiting for new lungs.
NBC finds that as of February, over 10% of new patients on the lung transplant list got there after catching COVID-19.
A new study from the UK also found about 2/3 of people who were hospitalized with COVID-19 still have some symptoms.
As of right now – there aren't any cures for long-covid – because so little research has been done on the condition.
But some work is being done to help long-covid patients.
The federal government has taken steps to include long COVID as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities act.
And the CDC is asking anyone who has long-covid symptoms to voluntarily share their health data so they can better understand the disease.
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