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Understanding of PASC (post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2), including Long COVID, is constantly evolving as new research is funded and studies begin. Stay informed by reading the latest news, watching videos, and participating in upcoming events.

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NIH Infrastructure Awards to Support Research on Post-COVID Conditions

NIH recently announced the Core resource awards that will provide critical infrastructure for new research studies under the RECOVER Initiative. NYU Langone Health was awarded over $14 million in support of the Clinical Science Core, which will build the RECOVER Consortium; harmonize and coordinate data within the Consortium; and develop methods for monitoring protocols, including recruitment, data quality, and safety measures to identify adverse events. The Biostatistics Center at Massachusetts General Hospital was awarded more than $8.6 million in support of the Data Resource Core, which will help enable tracking and searchability of results across all sources of data, from clinical studies to electronic health records.

  • NIH.gov
  • June 10, 2021

NIH Builds Large Nationwide Study Population of Tens of Thousands to Support Research on Long-term Effects of COVID-19

The NIH awarded nearly $470 million to build a national study population of diverse research volunteers and support large-scale studies on the long-term effects of COVID-19. The NIH Researching COVID to Enhance Recovery (RECOVER) Initiative made the parent award to New York University (NYU) Langone Health, New York City, which will make multiple subawards to more than 100 researchers at more than 30 institutions and serves as the RECOVER Clinical Science Core.

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  • NIH.gov
  • September 15, 2021

Breakthrough Infections in Vaccinated People Less Likely to Cause "Long COVID"

The evidence shows that vaccines make a big difference in protecting individuals and communities against infection and severe illness from SARS-CoV-2 infection. New research shows another important reason to get the vaccine. In the event of a breakthrough COVID infection, people who are fully vaccinated are less likely to develop Long COVID. The symptoms of Long COVID include fatigue, brain fog, muscle pain, and other debilitating symptoms that can last for months after recovery from an initial infection, whether the person had symptoms or not. Though we still have much to learn about PASC, including Long COVID, vaccines offer a very effective way to protect against COVID-19 and reduce the chances of getting Long COVID if people do get infected.

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  • NIH Director's Blog
  • September 14, 2021

COVID Long-Haulers Get Disability Civil Rights Protections

On July 26, 2021, the Federal government released guidance that people with PASC and Long COVID can be protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. PASC and Long COVID will be considered a disability if the condition or its symptoms “substantially limit” major life activities, such as work or school. Read this fact sheet for more details.

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  • The White House
  • July 26, 2021

Videos and Presentations


In coordination with the RECOVER Initiative announcement on September 15, 2021, the NIH invited RECOVER Initiative stakeholders to join NIH leadership in a public briefing to discuss the announcement and address questions from the community. The briefing was led by Dr. Amy Patterson (NIH – NHLBI), with Dr. Stuart Katz (NYU, Principal Investigator of the RECOVER Clinical Science Core), Emily Taylor (Solve M.E.), and Dr. Lenora Johnson (NIH – NHLBI), who addressed more than 550 virtual attendees and answered questions about the RECOVER Initiative.

A transcript of the event is available here.

  • NIH.gov
  • September 15, 2021

Understanding Long COVID: The Unseen Public Health Crisis

Understanding Long COVID: The Unseen Public Health Crisis

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health hosted a free, online discussion on November 19, 2021 that brought together clinicians, researchers, policy experts, and Long COVID patients.

  • Harvard T.H. School of Public Health
  • November 19, 2021

Long-term COVID Patient Engagement: Best Practices Informed By Patients' Experiences Seeking Medical Care

Long-term COVID Patient Engagement: Best Practices Informed By Patients' Experiences Seeking Medical Care

During COVID-19 Grand Rounds hosted by the NIH Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory on July 23, 2021, representatives of Survivor Corps presented their efforts to conduct research with their online community of 170,000 individuals affected by COVID-19. Survivor Corps is a grassroots movement using its members' collective experience to build a repository of data sets and research tools to support COVID-19 research, including studies on PASC and Long COVID.

  • NIH Collaboratory
  • July 23, 2021

Neurologic and Psychiatric Effects of SARS-CoV-2 Infection

Neurologic and Psychiatric Effects of SARS-CoV-2 Infection

Hosted by the NIH, this meeting looked at the long-term effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection on the brain and possible interactions with other infections, such as HIV. Watch the recording to hear scientists discuss related research gaps and priorities.

  • NIH.gov
  • July 14-15, 2021

Treating Long COVID: Clinician Experience with Post-Acute COVID-19 Care

Treating Long COVID: Clinician Experience with Post-Acute COVID-19 Care

In this webinar, clinicians share their experiences with treating Long COVID and establishing clinics that provide care for patients with the long-term effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection.

  • CDC.gov
  • February 1, 2021

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