Hard evidence is catching up with anecdote when it comes to assessing the prospects for long-lasting effects of COVID-19. A new article based on review of 57 studies and published by JAMA Network Open reveals that mental health, pulmonary, and neurologic effects are the most likely to prevail in people who have survived SARS-CoV-2. This led the authors to conclude that long-term persistent acute sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC) “must be factored into existing healthcare systems,” with the need being greatest in lower-income populations. The studies selected for the review reflect the cases of 250,351 patients who survived COVID-19. More than half were experiencing PASC 6 months after recovery.

It’s Time to Incorporate Long-Term COVID-19 Effects into Our Collective Thinking