New Federal Office Will Focus on Long COVID

  On Monday, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced a new office that will lead the federal response to Long COVID, the lingering effects of infection currently estimated to affect up to 23 million people in the U.S.   Researchers and even insurers have already considered that long COVID could be “a mass disabling event” affecting economic productivity. The implications for rural communities are tied to higher rates of infection, lagging vaccination uptake, and lower rates of health insurance.  Read more about the rural experience with Long COVID in a recent edition of The Rural Monitor.