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The most important thing COVID vaccines do is prevent death and serious illness from COVID-19. The second most important thing they do is prevent many cases of minor illness – a job they are not perfect at, but still vaccinating is much better than not. But what about the long-term, still mysterious symptoms of COVID-19 that can follow some cases of coronavirus infection?

The long-term Covid disease is still poorly understood

One of the reasons it is difficult to answer this question directly is that COVID has been difficult to identify and difficult to investigate for so long. The persistent symptoms of COVID overlap with those of other medical conditions, including What was called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?. It is difficult to study what cannot be determined.

Chronic fatigue, now known as encephalomyelitis, has also been caused by viral infections for at least some time. And if you’ve had this condition or know someone who has had it, you will be aware of the frustrations that come with having health professionals unsure how to diagnose it and what treatments might work best. This, in turn, is the result of the difficulty in studying it. There is an endless cycle of “further research required”.

Fortunately, many researchers take COVID very seriously, but it is still some time before we get informed answers to our questions about it, including ways to prevent it.

Preventing COVID cases prevents prolonged COVID cases

Obviously you can’t get COVID for that long unless you have COVID. All COVID vaccines are approved because they are effective in preventing serious COVID infections. So if you have been vaccinated You have automatically decreased your chances of getting COVID in the long run by decreasing your chances of getting COVID in the first place.

The CDC agrees with this line of reasoning and notes that Your page about COVID is long which – which, “The best way to prevent post-COVID cases [their name for long COVID] It’s about getting vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible. ”

Maybe the vaccine To do Reducing the likelihood of COVID turning into a long COVID

Another area of ​​current research is what happens when people get COVID despite being vaccinated. These cases, known as outbreaks, are relatively rare, but they are almost unknown.

Outbreaks appear to be milder than those in unvaccinated people. Vaccinated people who develop COVID are less likely to get sick, spend less time in hospital, or die from the infection. a A current study by the non-profit organization Fair Health It was found that people with more severe symptoms are more likely to have COVID-19 than people with very mild symptoms.

Another recent study published in LanzetteIt found that people who were fully vaccinated were less likely to develop long-term symptoms. particularly:

We found that two doses of the vaccine almost cut the chances of developing symptoms 28 days or more after infection after vaccination. This finding suggests that the risk of long-term infection with COVID in people who have received double vaccinations is reduced when the lower risk of infection in general is also taken into account.

I would never trust the results of a single study to tell us all we need to know because later studies can provide more information that earlier studies have overlooked. but until now, There is evidence of a trend in vaccines to reduce the likelihood of contracting COVID in the long term by preventing COVID in general and potentially aside from that By reducing the likelihood of normal COVID transitioning to a long-term form.