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Answers to questions about long COVID
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While the country continues to grapple with COVID, a new aspect of the pandemic has emerged: long COVID, also known as post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection, or PASC for short.
PASC is marked by persistent COVID symptoms 30 days or more after a person tests positive for COVID. PASC also can emerge with new COVID-related symptoms weeks or months after symptoms of the initial infection have gone away. Scientists are still learning about PASC, but they have discovered much so far. Here’s a look at what we know and what questions remain.
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