For some people, symptoms that persist months after getting sick with Covid-19 could become a chronic illness, Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, said Monday.
“I fear that some people who have had these effects who are already three or four months out may not be on a path to get better in a few more months, and this could be something that becomes a chronic illness,” Collins said during an NBC Nightly News interview.
“That is cruel. That is just one more heartbreak that we didn't see coming,” he said. “I promise you we are all in on this. There will be no stones left unturned. We're going to figure it out.”
NIH recently launched an initiative aimed at better understanding the long-term consequences of Covid-19 and how to help the people who experience them.
“When you consider we know 28 million people in the United States have had Covid, if even 1% of them have chronic long-term consequences, that's a whole lot of people, and we need to find out everything we can about how to help them,” Collins said.
“If any organization on the planet can figure this out, it's NIH,” he added.