Most people who experience mild or moderate COVID-19 will improve after a few weeks, but for some the long-term effects of COVID-19 infection cause lingering health issues for months or longer.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that these are known as post-COVID conditions (PCC), which are new, returning, or ongoing health problems that can first be identified at least four weeks after infection and can worsen with physical or mental activity. These can substantially limit one or more major life activities.
This page mostly uses post-COVID conditions and Long COVID, but other names include long-haul COVID, post-acute COVID-19, post-acute sequelae of SARS CoV-2 infection (PASC), long-term effects of COVID, and chronic COVID.
Below is a PubMed RSS feed of the 10 most recent results of a search for post-COVID conditions, developed at the MSK Library using Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) Supplementary Concept Records and keywords.
If you’d like to explore all results, click on the search strategy below or copy and paste to build your own search with other concepts:
"post-acute COVID-19 syndrome" [Supplementary Concept] OR "COVID-19 post-intensive care syndrome" [Supplementary Concept] OR "post-COVID conditions" [TIAB] OR "long COVID" [TIAB] OR "post-acute COVID" [TIAB] OR "post-COVID syndrome" [TIAB] OR "post-COVID-19 syndrome" [TIAB] OR "prolonged COVID" [TIAB] OR "chronic COVID" [TIAB] OR PASC [TIAB] OR ((COVID [TIAB] OR SARS-Cov-2 [TIAB]) AND (long haul* [TIAB] OR "post-acute sequelae"[TIAB]))
Disclaimer: The accuracy of this search is dependent on terms selected for the concept, which isn’t exhaustive. The papers below automatically update and have not been vetted.
Lindsay Boyce, our Critical Care Medicine embedded librarian, is a contributor to this page. She regularly searches for new information to keep things current as our understanding of post-COVID conditions evolves. Look to the COVID-19 page of her Public Health Guide for more information.