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Long-covid stories wanted

Researchers would like you to speak up. More to the point, they would like you to tell them your stories if you have long Covid — a condition experienced by some who have Covid that involves physical and mental health symptoms that persist long after the initial infection. It commonly manifests as fatigue, shortness of breath, pain, concentration problems, depression, and anxiety.

Let’s Figure Out Long Covid — Tell Us Your Story, Bay Area is the name of a project by the University of California San Francisco, the San Francisco Department of Public Health, and San Mateo County Health to learn more about the causes, treatment, and prevention of Covid. 

“The project will help us get a better handle on how many people are affected by long Covid, and how we might intervene to reduce the additional burden the disease will likely place on communities of color,” said Dr. Kim Rhoads of the UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the director of the Office of Community Engagement at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Researchers hope to have a wide range of responders from various ethnicities and backgrounds. First, researchers will reach out to adults in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties who had Covid at least three months ago. In the second phase, some of those people will be invited to participate in a more detailed study sponsored by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

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