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.