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Clinics are springing up around the country for what some call a potential second pandemic: Long Covid

February 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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From Washington state to Florida, from California to Massachusetts, facilities are opening to help the growing number of Americans who suffer from Covid-19 symptoms many months after their diagnosis.

A recent study that included mostly people who had just mild cases found 30% were reporting symptoms as long as nine months after contracting the virus.

And almost every day that doctors work with these Covid long haulers brings new revelations about the syndrome, which manifests itself in a vast array of symptoms in patients of all ages and of every health status pre-Covid.

And we're going on to a year now, we're still seeing new symptoms unfold," said Li, a vascular biologist who has been researching Covid for almost a year.

"I just am so amazed by what comes through on a daily basis," said Dayna McCarthy, who treats Covid long haulers at New York's Mount Sinai.

"New or prolonged symptoms may occur beyond four to six months among patients with Covid-19, regardless of severity of acute SARS-CoV-2 infection," the CDC's Alfonso Hernandez-Romieu said during a webinar for physicians in January.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month held a webinar to help physicians identify the signs and symptoms of long Covid and learn about how these patients are being treated.

Some patients say the long Covid care centers and doctors they've seen haven't really been beneficial.

Groups such as Survivor Corps are not only beneficial to long haulers, but also to researchers and doctors who listen to their members, Li said.

"For one of the first times in medical history, patients are bringing their symptoms of a new disease to doctors to teach doctors what is actually happening with a new disease," Li said.

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