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Dr. Fauci Just Said if COVID Vaccine Can Cure Long COVID

The pandemic expert addresses claims that the vaccine can help with PASC symptoms.

There are many benefits to getting one of the three available COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson. Not only can they offer personal protection from the virus, responsible for the deaths of over 536,000 Americans in a little over a year, but can also help the country as a whole achieve herd immunity. According to some health experts, there may be an added benefit for those suffering from Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection, or PASC, the long version of COVID-19: it could help improve their symptoms. On Wednesday morning Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, addressed claims that the vaccine may be able to cure long COVID. Read on to hear what he had to say—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

Dr. Fauci Called the Evidence That the Vaccine Helps Long Haulers "Anecdotal"

Earlier this month, Daniel Griffin, an infectious diseases clinician and researcher at Columbia University, told The Verge that some of his patients started confirming to him that they experienced a relief of symptoms after getting the vaccine. 

"I started getting texts and calls from some of my colleagues saying hey, are your patients with long COVID reporting that they're feeling better after the vaccine?" he said."It's not 100 percent, but it does seem like to be around a third," he says.

Additionally, dozens of people who responded to a poll in the Facebook group for Survivor Corps claimed that their symptoms improved slightly or were nearly eliminated altogether. "We were really concerned that people were going to have a bad reaction. It never occurred to us that they would actually improve," Diana Berrent, founder of the COVID-19 survivors and long-haulers group Survivor Corps, told the publication.

However, Dr. Fauci clarified that while they are gearing up to study the impact of the vaccine on long COVID, "the issue is thus far that's anecdotal." 

"The reason I say anecdotal is that many people spontaneously get better anyway," he pointed out. "And if you get vaccinated and you get better, you're not sure whether it's the vaccine or the spontaneous recovery. So you'll have to do a randomized trial in order to determine that."

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How to Stay Safe During This Pandemic

If you believe you might suffer from PASC, speak to your healthcare provider to discuss treatment options. And, don't forget to follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Leah Groth
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