CDC: Long COVID has played role in more than 3,500 deaths in U.S.
Experts said the number of deaths was almost certainly an underestimate
December 15, 2022
Long COVID has caused or contributed to at least 3,500 deaths in the United States, an analysis of death certificates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found.
The study, published Wednesday, is believed to be the first nationwide examination of whether long COVID or related terms appear in official American death records. While it found that such phrases were recorded in only a tiny proportion of the more than 1 million deaths tied to infection with the coronavirus, the researchers and other experts said the results added to growing recognition of how serious long-term post-COVID medical problems can be.
"It's not one of the leading causes of death, but, considering that this is the first time that we've looked at it and that long COVID is an illness that we're learning more about day after day, the major takeaway is that it is possible for somebody to die and for long COVID to have played a part in their death," said Farida Ahmad, a health scientist at the National Center for Health Statistics at the CDC who led the study.