Today’s Infectious Disease News (9/5/21)

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Study Finds Fully Vaccinated People are Half as Likely to Suffer Long-COVID

A new study found that fully-vaccinated people who get infected with COVID-19 are about half as likely to suffer from “long-COVID”. Long-COVID can occur even in people who did not have a severe initial infection, and can cause lingering symptoms such as extreme tiredness, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, chest pain, joint pain, memory and concentration problems, and difficulty tasting and smelling. The study also revealed that the vast majority of individual COVID-19 symptoms occurred less frequently in vaccinated people than they did in unvaccinated participants. The vaccine also increased the odds that those who are vaccinated had asymptomatic infection. The report’s authors (Antonelli et al., 2021) say this fact supports the idea that healthcare workers or people regularly interact with vulnerable groups should get tested regardless of vaccination status.

Full Story: New York Times