Studies prompt debate over ‘exaggeration’ of long COVID

Rush Hour

(NewsNation) — Some health professionals are questioning whether long COVID symptoms are still a major threat.

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Marty Makary, a professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, argues long COVID has been exaggerated “to scare low-risk Americans as our government gives more than $1 billion to a long Covid medical-industrial complex.”

Dr. Monica Gandhi, a professor of medicine at University of California, San Francisco, says there’s merit to the cited studies by Makary. In one study, COVID patients reported better long-term outcomes than patients with other respiratory infections.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims 20% of COVID infections can result in long COVID, but a U.K. study found only 3% had symptoms lasting longer than 12 weeks.

“I think it has (been exaggerated) by the CDC, it hasn’t by all parties,” Gandhi said. “But 20% … that’s absolutely not accurate. No other study has shown that.”

Watch her interview on “Rush Hour” above.

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