Senate Public Health Committee considering long-term effects of COVID-19
CHICAGO (25News Now) - The Senate Public Health Committee held a hearing Tuesday on the long-term effects of COVID-19 in underserved communities across the state.
So far, a lack of data has made the effects difficult to understand.
Now, a billion-dollar study out of the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) shows 10-15% of people infected with COVID-19 are experiencing long-term effects.
During the hearing, Dr. Jerry Krishnan said, “Long COVID is and can lead to a disability, and we’re seeing that. In the U.S., the economic cost of long COVID due to lost earnings is around $1 trillion alone.”
He also said extra healthcare expenses add about $500 billion, bringing the current economic toll of long COVID to about $1.5 trillion.
Tuesday’s hearing ended with Committee members committing to further discussions.
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