Avoiding the possibility of months of long Covid symptoms is a key reason why young people should consider getting vaccinated for Covid-19, Dr. Anthony Fauci said during President Biden's YouTube town hall on Covid-19 vaccination.
Fauci says young children when they become infected with Covid-19 are less likely to have serious disease compared to an elderly person or a person who has an underlying health condition. However, they “are not exempt from getting serious illness," said Fauci, who is the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases. "So you want to protect the youngsters, be they adolescents, be they young children."
"The other thing that I think that people don't appreciate is that even with people who get mild disease, or very few symptoms, there's a syndrome that is referred to as long Covid, which means that you get a syndrome following the clearing of the virus where it could be for months and months that you have symptoms that are profound fatigue, muscle aches, temperature dysregulation, and even an inability to focus or concentrate," Fauci said.
About 1 in 5 people between ages 18 and 34 who are infected with Covid-19 reported lingering symptoms beyond two or three weeks, according to a study last year by the US for Disease Control and Prevention.