Living with long Covid: An expert tells us more about the research being done in South Africa

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Surreal illustration of a man standing on the edge of an abyss.
Surreal illustration of a man standing on the edge of an abyss.
Boris Zhitkov

Scientists and health officials are worried that when the Covid-19 pandemic eventually recedes, it will leave in its wake a wave of patients who have lingering health problems, even after recovering from the acute phase of their infections.

Known as long Covid, or "post-Covid syndrome", the condition is gaining growing recognition worldwide. People living with the condition no longer have the live SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19, in their bodies, as explained by doctors from Johns Hopkins Medicine. They would test negative for the virus, but still experience debilitating symptoms.

Between 25 to 35% of people, after recovering from acute Covid-19, will suffer from long Covid, according to America's Long Covid Alliance.

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