After infection with the virus that causes COVID-19, some people experience long-term effects from their infection, known as Long COVID. Long COVID may also be called long-haul COVID, post-COVID conditions, chronic COVID, and post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 (PASC). Staying up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccines can help lower chances of getting COVID-19 and then getting Long COVID.
You can help scientists understand Long COVID
Participating in research studies helps scientists understand this illness and better ways to treat it. The RECOVER Initiative hopes to understand who is at risk, why some people recover while others do not, and how to treat Long COVID. Anyone can volunteer for RECOVER. This includes people with COVID-19 or who have never had COVID-19. Learn more at recovercovid.org.
It is important that people from all walks of life participate in research, so that researchers can better understand how Long COVID affects different people. To do that, the studies need to include people of all races and ethnicities, genders, ages, jobs, education levels, incomes, health conditions, and U.S. locations. Visit the CEAL Diversity and Inclusion page to learn more.
Other Long COVID Resources
- Long COVID (NIH website)
- Long COVID or Post-COVID Conditions (CDC website)
- Services and Supports for Longer-Term Impacts of COVID-19 (HHS website)
- National Research Action Plan on Long COVID (HHS website)
- Social Media Posts About Long Term COVID-19 Symptoms (HHS COVID-19 Public Education Campaign)
- Researching COVID to Enhance Recovery Initiative (Clinical Trial)