A study conducted in Israel found that people vaccinated against COVID-19 were 50 percent to 80 percent less likely to experience seven of the 10 most frequent symptoms of the condition known as Long COVID.
Unfortunately, the only sure way to avoid Long COVID is not to catch the virus in the first place. But this study joins a growing body of research that’s offering at least some reassurance for those who do end up getting infected — being fully vaccinated seems to substantially cut the risk of later developing the persistent symptoms that characterize Long COVID.
Indeed, some people who had been vaccinated against COVID still have breakthrough COVID infections and some can then develop Long COVID from the breakthrough infection. But the risk appears to be significantly less.
While many of the findings are still preliminary, the handful of studies that have emerged in the past half-year is telling a relatively consistent story. “It may not eradicate the symptoms of Long COVID, but the protective effect seems to be very strong,” says epidemiology professor Michael Edelstein, of Bar-Ilan University in Israel, who’s studying Long COVID.
The study is one of several included in an analysis on vaccination and long COVID conducted by the UK Health Security Agency, which also found lower rates of Long COVID among vaccinated people.
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