Discussion: Long COVID, the search for answers

The World
Nancy Rose, who contracted COVID-19 in 2021 and continues to exhibit long-haul symptoms including brain fog and memory difficulties, pauses while organizing her desk space, on Jan. 25, 2022, in Port Jefferson, New York.

US Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary Adm. Rachel Levine, who leads a newly created, federal long-COVID-19 office, was joined by Jason Maley, a physician who leads the Critical Illness and COVID-19 Survivorship Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston for a panel hosted jointly by The Studio at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and The World from PRX and GBH.

Levine’s office is in charge of implementing a national research strategy and supporting families affected by the condition. 

The panel, moderated by Carol Hills, senior producer and host of The World, explored the state of research, potential treatments and proposals to address the broad societal impacts of this novel, and sometimes debilitating, condition, which may affect as many as 1 in 5 adults after COVID-19 infection.

The event was also streamed via Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and can be found on The World’s Facebook page.

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