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CDC: Long COVID-19 rates dropping, symptoms can persist at least 1 year

A multi-institution study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests the portion of adults reporting long COVID-19 symptoms has dropped.

It also says one in four people with the illness still report being unable to fully carry out daily activities.

The study takes a registry of symptoms self-reported at three-month intervals and cross-references it with data from the National Center for Health Statistics and the Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey, which track social and economic effects of COVID-19 in the U.S.

In most cases, COVID-19 symptoms decreased after initial illness. But about 16% of participants described ongoing or emerging symptoms up to one year later.

The authors say awareness of the persistence, emergence or reemergence of symptoms over time can help health care providers understand the clinical signs and symptoms of long COVID-19.

Nicholas Gerbis joined KJZZ’s Arizona Science Desk in 2016. A longtime science, health and technology journalist and editor, his extensive background in related nonprofit and science communications inform his reporting on Earth and space sciences, neuroscience and behavioral health, and bioscience/biotechnology.Apart from travel and three years in Delaware spent earning his master’s degree in physical geography (climatology), Gerbis has spent most of his life in Arizona. He also holds a master’s degree in journalism and mass communication from Arizona State University’s Cronkite School and a bachelor’s degree in geography (climatology/meteorology), also from ASU.Gerbis briefly “retired in reverse” and moved from Arizona to Wisconsin, where he taught science history and science-fiction film courses at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He is glad to be back in the Valley and enjoys contributing to KJZZ’s Untold Arizona series.During the COVID-19 pandemic, Gerbis focused almost solely on coronavirus-related stories and analysis. In addition to reporting on the course of the disease and related research, he delved into deeper questions, such as the impact of shutdowns on science and medicine, the roots of vaccine reluctance and the policies that exacerbated the virus’s impact, particularly on vulnerable populations.