As NIH studies long COVID, there is still no test or even a definition

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By , KYW Newsradio

Long COVID is emerging as one of the greatest challenges of the pandemic, according to the National Institutes of Health.

The NIH are tasked with conducting the largest study of long COVID, but here is the issue: There is no test for long COVID, and there is no clear definition of the condition from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

At this point the CDC attributes just 100 deaths to long COVID, but physicians throughout the country are documenting cases of a wide variety of post-COVID-19 symptoms — months and now years after an initial infection. A significant percentage of the infections were minor and in young people.

The story of COVID-19 continues to be written, and the message is clear: We must continue vaccinating, developing treatments, and improving ventilation of indoor settings, as well as testing and masking when transmission rates in a community are high.

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