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Long COVID

Some people who have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 can experience long-term effects from their infection, known as long COVID.

People call post-COVID conditions by many names, including: long COVID, long-haul COVID, post-acute COVID-19, post-acute sequelae of SARS CoV-2 infection, long-term effects of COVID, and chronic COVID.

According to the CDC Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov , post-COVID conditions are a wide range of new, returning, or ongoing health problems that people experience after being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.

Recovery from COVID-19 can vary from person to person. Most individuals seem to recover quickly and completely. However, some report symptoms that persist or emerge weeks or even months later. These sets of conditions are referred to as “Long COVID.” Learn More about Long COVID terms and definitions Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov .

The Indian Health Service is committed to working with our federal and tribal partners as well as tribal communities to educate, identify, assist and treat American Indian and Alaska Native people with Long-COVID, according to the best available science.

Symptoms

People with post-COVID conditions can have a wide range of symptoms that can last more than four weeks or even months after infection. Sometimes the symptoms can even go away or come back again.

Post-COVID conditions may not affect everyone the same way. People with post-COVID conditions may experience health problems from different types and combinations of symptoms happening over different lengths of time. Find out what people who experience post-COVID conditions most commonly report Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov .

Resources

The Department of Health and Human Services Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov  released two reports to develop an actionable path forward to address Long COVID. Together, these reports use a whole-of-government approach and call on the power of public-private partnerships to provide relief for those affected by Long COVID.

The Services and Supports for Longer-Term Impacts of COVID-19 Report [PDF] Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov  outlines federally funded support and services for individuals experiencing the longer-term effects of COVID-19 in the areas of Long COVID and associated conditions, mental health, substance use, and bereavement.

The National Research Action Plan on Long COVID [PDF] Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov  proposes a comprehensive and equitable research strategy to inform our national response to Long COVID.

Health equity is central to both reports as the pandemic has disproportionately affected some communities, such as older adults, communities of color and other underserved groups, especially those with disabilities.

For more information on Long COVID including resources, support and research, visit the Department of Health and Human Services Long COVID website Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov .