New Delhi, Sept 20: New data
from the Household Pulse Survey show that more than 40% of adults in the
United States reported having COVID-19 in the past, and nearly one in five of
those (19%) are currently still having symptoms of “long COVID.”
The data were collected from June 1-June 13 by the U.S. Census Bureau and
analyzed by CDC’s (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention) National Center
for Health Statistics (NCHS). The Household Pulse Survey is an ongoing
partnership between the Census Bureau, CDC and other federal agencies. NCHS
recently added questions to the survey to assess the prevalence of post-COVID-19
conditions, sometimes called “long COVID.”
For all U.S. adults, the new data show:
Overall, 1 in 13 adults in the U.S. (7.5%) have “long COVID” symptoms,
defined as symptoms lasting three or more months after first contracting the
Older adults are less likely to have long COVID than younger adults.
Nearly three times as many adults ages 50-59 currently have long COVID than
those age 80 and older.
Women are more likely than men to currently have long COVID (9.4% vs.
Nearly 9% of Hispanic adults currently have long COVID, higher than
non-Hispanic White (7.5%) and Black (6.8%) adults, and over twice the
percentage of non-Hispanic Asian adults (3.7%).
Bisexual adults and transgender adults (7.5%) were more likely to have
current long COVID symptoms than adults of other sexual orientations and gender
identities. 12% of bisexual adults have current long COVID symptoms, compared
to 7% of straight and gay and lesbian adults. An estimated 15% of transgender
adults have current long COVID symptoms.
The prevalence of current long COVID symptoms differed between states.
The states with the highest percentage of adults who currently have long COVID
symptoms were Kentucky (12.7%), Alabama (12.1%), and Tennessee and South Dakota
(11.6%). The states with the lowest percentage of adults who currently have
long COVID symptoms were Hawaii (4.5%), Maryland (4.7%) and Virginia (5.1%).