Long COVID a Myth?
Strongly suggested by a recent Norwegian study
Question What are the prevalence and associated risk factors of post–COVID-19 condition (PCC) in young people after mild acute infection?
Findings This cohort study included 382 SARS-CoV-2–positive individuals and a control group of 85 SARS-CoV-2–negative individuals aged 12 to 25 years who were assessed at the early convalescent stage and at 6-month follow-up. When applying the World Health Organization case definition of PCC, prevalence at 6 months was 49%, but was also comparably high (47%) in the control group. PCC was not associated with biological markers specific to viral infection, but with initial symptom severity and psychosocial factors.