Coronavirus cases are going down but COVID-19 is still taking a hidden toll that won’t be reflected by the number of deaths: It’s a syndrome called Long COVID, or Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC), a chronic illness that affects 10 to 30% of COVID sufferers, young and old. Even after a mild case of coronavirus, these “long haulers” have symptoms that may never go away naturally. And while researchers are working furiously on a cure, patients may never get back to 100% of their former selves. “When we urge people to get vaccinated, it’s not just because COVID is a matter of life and death, although it is,” says Dr. Leo Nissola, an immunologist, immunotherapy scientist and CBS News Medical Contributor. “It’s also because there’s this middle ground—a debilitating illness that affects young and old.” At a press conference earlier this year, Dr. Anthony Fauci listed the symptoms of PASC.
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