Long-Term Effects of COVID-19

Matteo Bassetti, MD, PhD


May 31, 2023

Post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection, commonly known as long COVID, is an often-debilitating illness that occurs in a substantial percentage of people following initial illness with COVID-19. Long COVID is frequently a multisystem condition that can last weeks, months, or even years. Diagnosis and treatment remain challenging owing to variations in presentation.

In this ReCAP, infectious disease expert Matteo Bassetti, of the Ospedale Policlinico San Martino, in Genoa, Italy, discusses the range of symptoms seen in long COVID and the importance of multidisciplinary care. He also discusses patient risk factors for developing long COVID, including older age, obesity, chronic lung disease, and diabetes. Finally, he considers the importance of vaccination and monoclonal antibodies in reducing the risk of developing long COVID.


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