Senator Brad Hoylman has introduced legislation to establish a COVID-19 health registry for New York in order to monitor the long-term effects of coronavirus.
Modeled after the World Trade Center Health Registry, which was used to monitor the long-term health of people directly exposed to the 9/11 World Trade Center disaster, this new COVID registry (S.5927) would track information about “long-haul” COVID symptoms.
These long-term symptoms are affecting about 1 out of 10 people who have contracted the virus and survived, and the phenomenon is still being studied by researchers.
“It’s estimated that more than 10 percent of COVID-19 infections will develop into ‘Long COVID,’ the symptoms of which can include lingering respiratory problems, difficulty concentrating and potentially long-term disabilities,” said Hoylman, D-Manhattan. “We owe it to New Yorkers afflicted to follow their long-term health outcomes to develop strategies to help them cope with this syndrome and understand the scope of this growing public health concern.”
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