Long COVID to blame for more than 3,500 deaths so far, CDC reports

Long COVID to blame for more than 3,500 deaths so far, CDC reports


By Alexander Tin

CBS News

Long COVID: Unlocking the secrets

Coronavirus may infect 1 in 5 people with long-term symptoms with COVID.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has previously tallied thousands of death certificates. COVID-19 In fact, fatalities were related to COVID for longSome people experience ongoing symptoms. You have to struggle with For weeks, months, or even years, after their initial recovery from a Coronavirus infection, they may be afflicted.

The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics has released new findings.published WednesdayResearchers estimate that there are at least 3,544 deaths from long COVID-related diseases between June 2022 and June 2022. This number is likely to be an underestimate of the true death toll.

The tally is just 0.3% of the total More than 1,000,000 The agency reviewed COVID death certificates. They searched for keywords in the death report that was linked to “Post-Acute Sequelae COVID-19” or PASC. This included terms such as “chronic COVID,” long COVID,” long haul COVID, and “post COVID syndrome.”

They say that the pandemic has led to a better understanding of how to classify these symptoms by doctors filling out death certificates and coroners.

Farida Ahmad, a NCHS official, stated that she had limited information on long COVID mortality to inform a panel of outside advisers. October. “Currently, there are no estimates of the number long COVID deaths in America. This is due to a variety of challenges. As we learn more about long COVID, the diagnostic guidelines for long COVID are changing. There is no single test that can diagnose it.

A new federal guidance, which aims to standardize the reporting of these deaths, has not yet been published. Ahmad stated earlier this year to the panel that the agency would issue new recommendations based partly on the findings of the report. A spokesperson for NCHS stated that the agency would still publish new recommendations but did not give a date.

Nearly 8 out 10 long COVID deaths were reported to have occurred in seniors. Americans 75-84 years of age accounted for 28.8% of these fatalities. White people accounted for around 8/10 of all reported deaths. The rates for men were higher than those for women in almost every age bracket.

Long COVID deaths have varied in reporting over the course the pandemic. Many were reported around the Omicron surge in winter last year. February 2022 was the month with the highest monthly death toll.

More than two-thirds (23%) of deaths involving long COVID were attributed to certificates citing COVID-19. 8.6% of long-term COVID deaths were due to heart disease.

The symptoms and tolls of COVID for long periods

Scientists continue to research how to diagnose and treat the condition. Wide range There have been many long-term COVID symptoms. These can include difficulty breathing and changes in menstrual cycles. Other symptoms include fatigue, “post-exertional Malaise”, meaning feeling worse after exertion or exercise; brain fog; headaches; chest pain; or abdominal pain.

Organ damage can occur in patients even after the initial phase of the infection is over.

A review by Veterans Affairs authors, published This year, earlierMajor organ damage was found to range between 2% and 22% in COVID-19 patients who were discharged from the hospital. After being discharged, some patients were more at risk for new issues such as stroke.

An ongoing survey Published by the CDCIn November, the U.S. Census Bureau and CDC estimated that 5.4% of adults feel limited by their abilities as a result long-term COVID.

Scientists are still unable to determine the true prevalence of COVID over time.

Officials say that many people don’t know they have a COVID infection until they develop symptoms. Others may struggle to determine if they have fully recovered from long-term COVID symptoms.

Another NCHS project involved conducting “cognitive interviews” with COVID-19 survivors. This was to gauge how they respond when asked about lingering symptoms.

“Another question we asked was: “Do you still experience any symptoms now?” Meredith Massey from NCHS, who participated in the interviews, said that one respondent was unable to answer.

“This respondent said, “Probably, I don’t know.” Massey said, “I don’t know if I have my taste back completely because the memory of how my taste used to look is not the same.”

Alexander Tin

CBS News reporter covering pandemics and public health.

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