The cold fact that Covid-19 still kills 400 people a day in the US catches public attention more acutely than estimates of the millions suffering from long Covid, Fauci added. “People say, well, what does that mean? It’s not very concrete. And yet for the individual patient, it could be debilitating.”
The World Health Organization believes that between 10% and 20% of Covid-19 survivors have been left with lasting symptoms including breathlessness, fatigue and cognitive dysfunction that can persist long after the acute infection has resolved.
Between 7.5 million and 23 million Americans are estimated to have developed long Covid. More than 1 million people could be out of the workforce at any given time, resulting in a loss of more than $50bn in income.