# Long covid
Post-Covid Vaccine Long Haulers: An Emerging Concept
Some people develop chronic symptoms like long-Covid after getting the Covid-19 vaccine, but it’s extremely rare. As an immune system trainer, a vaccine is designed to provoke immune responses, responses that the immune system would mount should it encounters the pathogen the vaccine serves to vaccinate against.
My #LongCovid Story: The Virus and New Chronic Illness
I started writing this story on October 5, 2021, and I’m just now mustering enough courage to finish. It has literally taken me 7 months to tell my story. Catching and living with Long COVID has been one of the most frightening, and life-altering experiences I’ve ever had since my emergency C-Section 20 years ago.
Laughter and Joy Helps Me Heal
Spend a Day With a Sister Friend and See How You Feel. Black women laughing #BlackJoyPhoto by Thought Catalog on Unsplash. Black girl magic is real and it has healing powers. Yesterday, I spent the day with my best friend — who I call my sister. I hadn’t seen her or much of anyone else for the last couple of months due to a dangerous bout of # LongCovid-induced insomnia. I talk to her on a regular basis — but the few times I ventured out it was for food, medicine, and doctor’s appointments or she wasn’t available.
Your Chance of Full Recovery From Long-Covid is Only About 50-50 Within 3 Months
The chances of long-Covid recovery also become slimmer with female sex, obesity, older age, and more severe Covid-19. When SARS-CoV-1 emerged 20 years ago in China, no one anticipated the disease could cause long-SARS. When SARS-CoV-2 — the causative agent of Covid-19 — appeared 3 years ago, barely anyone anticipated it could cause long-Covid. Same coronavirus family, the same oversight.
Your Lifetime Risk of Severe Long-Covid Is Likely <5%
What data from the U.K., Sweden, Germany, and Denmark show. If you are young and healthy, your risk of severe or fatal Covid-19 is minuscule. Even so, one concern remains: long-Covid or the post-Covid-19 syndrome, characterized by having at least one persistent symptom for at least 3 months after Covid-19, not explainable by alternative diagnosis.
Current Long-COVID Statistics Are Missing the Background Prevalence
Pinpointing the true estimate of long-Covid prevalence from asymptomatic, non-severe, and severe Covid-19. In one of the most extensive and latest long-Covid meta-analyses to date, scientists Chen et al. at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, U.S. synthesized data from 34 studies and computed that the global prevalence of long-Covid stood at 43% of Covid-positive cases. This number has been cited invariousnewsoutlets covering long-Covid.