With respect to the dead, the fundamental damage from the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its variants may be in the long term effects on survivors. Given the short time that the virus has been around, we are in the early stages in learning what these effects are and what the impact on individuals and society will be.
Long Covid is real and may ultimately cripple millions of people, whether or not they were hospitalized.
With no proven treatments or even rehabilitation guidance, long COVID affects people’s ability to resume normal life and their capacity to work. The effect on society, from the increased health-care burden and economic and productivity losses, is substantial.
The Lancet, 28 August 2021
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