A Household Pulse Survey (HPS) found that more than 14% of US adults have or had Long COVID. Across all age groups, the 40-49 year old had the highest percentage at 18.8%. This could indicate a staggeringly large number of people will have lasting health issues due to COVID-19 and was a key contributer to the labor shortages in 2022.
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A meta study found that 65 million people around the world have Long COVID. The chances of developing long COVID is 10-30% of non-hospitalized cases, 50-70% of hospitalized cases, and 10-12% of vaccinated cases. A significant number of people with long COVID are unable to return to work which contributes to labor shortages.