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COVID Impacts

Detailed information and resources on the long-term health consequences of COVID-19 infection and the broad social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic

About this Guide

While there have been many epidemics and pandemics throughout history, there has never been one that so rapidly and completely altered the dynamics of life on this planet as COVID-19. This LibGuide is an attempt to identify and highlight the monumental impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic has had and will continue having on the world.

The global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic goes far beyond 2020, and it has impacted our world in ways that we may not even realize for years, or even decades down the road. The global social, economic, and health impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about have forever changed our world.

It catalyzed changes to every facet of our lives; from work and school, to social interactions, economics, and healthcare, to international relationships, scientific research, and the environment. Some of these changes will most likely drift back to their pre-pandemic state, but many will likely continue to diverge, further altering our world.

The long-term consequences of "Long COVID" (the wide range of new, returning, or worsening physical and/or mental health conditions or diseases that can affect individuals after they experience an acute COVID-19 infection) and the variety of new-onset diseases and conditions that are now being associated with COVID-19 infection, are only just now acknowledged as having the potential to cause a mass disabling of society in the years that follow.

Table of Contents

Sections Pages Contents: Information, Resources and highlighted scientific literature
About COVID The Virus that Changed the World

Information and resources on COVID including data and resources on both the virus (SARS-CoV-2) and the disease (COVID-19).

See Also:

  • COVID-19 LibGuide which provides current data trends for infections, wastewater, variants, information and resources on vaccines, therapies, the transition from PHE, as well as a variety of resources for finding and accessing information and research on COVID-19
  • SARS-CoV-2 LibGuide which provides information and resources on the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19, including debates regarding its origin, viral evolution, variants and lineages, and some of the earliest literature regarding the infection that would become known as COVID-19
"Long COVID"

Signs & Symptoms



Cumulative Risks

Pulse Household Survey

Information,on "Long COVID" (wide range of issues and complications affecting a subset of individuals after an acute COVID-19 infection), including signs & symptoms, prevalence, risk factors, Long COVID conditions in children, and the risks of Long Covid after reinfection including cumulative lifetime risks
Secondary Infections

Bacterial Infections

Viral Infections

Fungal Infections

Information on secondary infections, antimicrobial resistance, COVID-related and susceptibility to infections, including bacterial, fungal, and viral infections
Long Term Health











Information by organ system on the wide variety of clinical manifestations of "Long COVID" as well as long-term health, including risk of new-onset disease, covering many different organ systems

Long COVID Kids

Long Term Health

Information, data, and resources on the impacts of COVID-19 infection in children and adolescents, including the "Long COVID" conditions, and other long-term health implications.
Immune Dysfunction

Autoimmune Disease

Viral Reactivation

Information on post-Covid immune system damage and dysfunction, including susceptibility to autoimmune diseases and virus reactivation
Genetic Changes   Information on the genetic and epigenetic changes associated with Covid infections, and their long term impacts, including how the virus can alter the human body and its cells
Societal Impacts

Life Expectancy



Information on how COVID-19 has impacted society, including governmental policies and response, human life expectancy, economic impacts, and how it has changed healthcare