One in six North Carolinians has experienced Long COVID, according to the Centers for Disease Control. People with Long COVID have symptoms for four weeks or more, and they can last for months or years. Even people who did not have severe symptoms at first can develop Long COVID.
Long COVID is a real and serious condition and can result in a disability recognized under the Americans with Disabilities Act. It takes many different forms, and it is not one illness. We are still learning how to treat it.
The CDC has more detailed information about Long COVID (or "Post-COVID Conditions"), including a list of possible symptoms. If you think you or a loved one might have Long COVID, there are things you can do — see below.
"There are a million different symptoms [of Long COVID], just like there are a million different symptoms you can have when you actually have COVID the first time."
- Dr. Shauna L. Guthrie, Medical Director, Granville Vance Public Health
These resources may be helpful for healthcare providers, community leaders, and others helping North Carolinians understand long COVID:
- CDC: Information on Long COVID and Post Covid Conditions
- UNC COVID Recovery Clinic (includes handouts and FAQs)
- Video: How do I know if I have long COVID?
- YouTube (English, 48 seconds)
- Video: How does long COVID impact NC?
- Video: Brooke’s Story
- Video: COVID Persistente – La Historia de Gabriela