Many people recover fully within a few days or weeks after being infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. However, others have symptoms that linger for weeks, months, or even years after their initial diagnosis. Some people seem to recover from COVID-19 but then see their symptoms return, or they develop different symptoms within a few months. Even people who had no symptoms when they were infected can develop them later. Either mild or severe COVID-19 can lead to long-lasting symptoms.
Long COVID, long-haul COVID, post-COVID-19 condition, chronic COVID, and post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 (PASC) are all names for the health problems that some people experience a few months after a COVID-19 diagnosis. Symptoms of Long COVID may be the same as or different than symptoms of COVID-19. Long COVID can also trigger other health conditions such as diabetes or kidney disease.
For more information on Long COVID, check out these U.S. government resources:
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- Explore Long COVID information, news, and more on the COVID-19 research website
- Learn about NIH’s RECOVER initiative and find clinical trials
- Read how this NIH-funded RECOVER study developed a new symptom scoring system that will improve future Long COVID treatments
- Read this NHLBI news story about how obstructive sleep apnea increases risks for Long COVID
- Read this NHLBI news story about how lingering symptoms are common after COVID hospitalization
- Read how an NIH-funded RECOVER study identified potential long COVID disparities
- Read this NHLBI news story about how Long COVID may be less common in children
- Read how an NHLBI-funded study found that exercise lags are common after Long COVID
- Read this NIH Director’s Blog post about using artificial intelligence to advance the understanding of Long COVID
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Find tips for talking with your healthcare provider about Long COVID
- Check out this fact sheet about caring for people living with post-COVID conditions
This White House fact sheet provides information about comprehensive government efforts to prevent, diagnose, and treat Long COVID.
What are Long Covid Symptoms?
Check out this interactive graphic from NIH to learn how Long COVID affects different parts of the human body.
RECOVER Research Review (R3) Seminar Series
The NIH RECOVER initiative’s R3 Seminar Series promotes a shared understanding of the scientific research on Long COVID. This forum speeds up discovery by allowing experts to