COVID-19 isn’t going away and neither is long COVID. But new data about its prevalence as well as research into biomarkers of long COVID published this week are helping researchers understand what to look for when it comes to the condition.
Data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics on Tuesday was a stark reminder that, while not widespread, some children are affected by long COVID.
Pulling from the 2022 National Health Interview Survey, the data shows that 1.3% of children ever had long COVID as of last year, according to reports from their parents.
The researchers defined long COVID as the presence of symptoms for at least 3 months after having COVID-19 among those who received either a positive test or a doctor’s diagnosis of COVID-19.