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Multiple Possible Causes of Long COVID Come into Focus
Recent studies have lent support for a variety of hypotheses explaining the debilitating symptoms affecting millions of people after SARS-CoV-2 infection.  
Multiple Possible Causes of Long COVID Come into Focus
Multiple Possible Causes of Long COVID Come into Focus

Recent studies have lent support for a variety of hypotheses explaining the debilitating symptoms affecting millions of people after SARS-CoV-2 infection.  

Recent studies have lent support for a variety of hypotheses explaining the debilitating symptoms affecting millions of people after SARS-CoV-2 infection.  

long COVID
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Can Taking a Test Now Tell You if You’ve Already Had COVID-19?
Natalia Mesa | Aug 8, 2022
The Scientist asks Brigham and Women’s Hospital infectious disease specialist Lindsey Baden about testing for prior infections.
Fluorescent cells in culture connected by tunneling nanotubules
SARS-CoV-2 Could Use Nanotubes to Infect the Brain
Natalia Mesa | Jul 21, 2022
Stressed cells can form hollow actin bridges to neighbors to get help, but the virus may hijack these tiny tunnels for its own purposes, a study suggests.
Long COVID: The Knowns and Unknowns
Long COVID: The Knowns and Unknowns
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Jul 14, 2022
Manali Mukherjee and Grace Lam discuss the presentation and implications of chronic, long-term COVID-19 infections.
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Omicron Half as Likely as Delta to Lead to Long COVID: Study
Christie Wilcox | Jun 17, 2022
People who were vaccinated at least six months prior to infection had the lowest risk of lasting symptoms in a UK study.
President Biden meeting with a group of people in the oval office
Biden Orders More Research on Long COVID
Christie Wilcox | Apr 6, 2022
A new presidential memorandum requires the Department of Health and Human Services to coordinate a government-wide push to generate a research action plan for the condition.
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Living the Life Pandemic
Bob Grant | Mar 16, 2022
The first part of 2022 is giving us a glimpse of humanity’s future relationship with COVID-19.
old-fashioned, black and white alarm clock with words "the end"
Editorial: When Will This Pandemic Officially End?
Bob Grant | Mar 11, 2022
And does it even matter?
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COVID-19 Linked to Neural Changes
Shawna Williams | Mar 7, 2022
A study that examined the brains of people before and after SARS-CoV-2 infection found a decrease in brain volume and damage to olfactory areas compared with controls.
Artist’s rendering of brain fog: a bright blue drawing of a brain sits inside of a pink drawing of a head in profile surrounded by miscellaneous shapes
Brain Fog Caused by Long COVID and Chemo Appear Similar
Dan Robitzski | Jan 28, 2022
Data from mouse models for mild coronavirus infections and human tissue samples offer further evidence that it doesn’t take a severe infection—or even infection of brain cells at all—to cause long-term neurological symptoms.
blue gloved hand putting vial of blood into centrifuge machine
Studies Identify Risk Factors for Long COVID
Natalia Mesa | Jan 26, 2022
Two recent papers provide insight into possible risk factors for developing the chronic condition, including autoantibodies and diabetes.
A white coat-wearing doctor holds the results of an EKG test in one hand and traces over them with a pen in the other hand
Doctors and Researchers Probe How COVID-19 Attacks the Heart
Dan Robitzski | Jan 12, 2022
Experts have a decent grasp on how COVID-19 impacts cardiovascular health in the near term. The implications of long COVID, however, remain mysterious.
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NIH Grants $470 Million for Study of Long COVID
Lisa Winter | Sep 16, 2021
The study aims to recruit 40,000 adults and children to get a better sense of the condition that can last weeks or months after infection.
Illustration showing the bodily systems affected by Long COVID
Infographic: Bodily Systems Affected by Long COVID
Sruthi S. Balakrishnan | Sep 1, 2021
Symptoms documented in cases of long COVID are wide ranging and variable.
Illustration of a person sick next to a calendar indicating they've had covid for a long time
Mechanisms of Long COVID Remain Unknown but Data Are Rolling In
Sruthi S. Balakrishnan | Sep 1, 2021
A year and a half into the pandemic, the long-term effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection are garnering more research attention as millions of long COVID patients emerge.
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Dissecting the Unusual Biology of the SARS-CoV-2 Delta Variant
Katarina Zimmer | Aug 9, 2021
An ability to build up higher concentrations of viral particles in people’s airways and mutations that might boost its ability to infect human cells could be what gives the Delta variant its evolutionary edge.
Kids May Suffer from Long COVID, but Data Are Scarce
Jef Akst | Mar 4, 2021
Clinics are popping up around the US to study the sometimes long-lasting effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection in children and teens.
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What’s Ahead for SARS-CoV-2 Research in 2021
Shawna Williams | Jan 8, 2021
From new treatments to an investigation into the virus’s origins, here are some of the developments we can expect this year.
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Could COVID-19 Trigger Chronic Disease in Some People?
Katarina Zimmer | Jul 17, 2020
A handful of viruses have been associated with long-term, debilitating symptoms in a subset of those who become infected. Early signs hint that SARS-CoV-2 may do the same.