At least I don't live in 1-9


OK, but how do you explain that difference? Differences in reporting? Difference in health care availability? Or different interpretation of the data?

Will we blame diet? Temperature? Humidity? Smoking? Drinking?
Voodoo? Brand preferences? Or what?


A couple posts further down in the thread finds a couple of interesting correlations. I can’t post those because doing so isn’t allowed on METAR. But you should be able to suss it out for yourself by looking at the map.

Some people believe in science and some don’t.


I suspect vaccination rates (or lack there of) might be a large contributing factor. Also, the State of Kansas inadvertently did a very telling real life experiment on the efficacy of wearing a mask.

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The data source in the OP, Dr. Eric Feigi-Ding’s tweet, focused on only one table drawn from the following HellpAdvisor Guide that provides a much larger perspective:

Nearly 1 in 4 American Adults Who Get COVID-19 Suffer From Long COVID

Analysis of the latest U.S. Census Bureau data finds 24% of U.S. adults affected by the disease have experienced COVID-19 symptoms for three months or longer. Learn which state and major metro area populations are experiencing the highest rates of long COVID.

The data for the map in OP only shows the following:

Long COVID Rates in Each State

The table below shows the percentage of adults in each state who have tested positive or been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have experienced symptoms lasting longer than three months.

Missing in OP is the following:

Long COVID Rates in Major Metro Areas

The table below shows the percentage of adults reporting long COVID in the 14 largest major metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs).

Also missing from the data source in the OP are these more telling information.

Long COVID Effects on Daily Activities

Showing that early one out of three people who reported suffering from long COVID said their symptoms have reduced their ability to carry out daily activities.

The table below shows the percentage of people with long COVID in each state who said their symptoms have reduced their ability to carry out daily activities.

Similarly, the table below shows the rates of adults with long COVID in 14 major metro areas who said their symptoms have reduced their ability to carry out daily activities.

What caught my attention immediately was the ranking of Hawaii (my family roots) #47 in the table for Adults With Positive COVID-19 Test or Diagnosis Who Report Long COVID Symptoms at 21.1% and #1 in the table for Adults With Long COVID Symptoms That Have Reduced Their Ability to Carry Out Daily Activities at a whopping 50.8%!

The HelpAdvisor Guide addresses Long COVID Causes, referring to the following NIH Source: Long COVID

It’s not yet known what causes long COVID, but researchers do have some clues. Potential causes include:

• Reactivation of SARS-CoV-2 particles

• Overactive immune cells releasing a high level of inflammatory substances that can damage organs and tissues

• Production of autoantibodies that attack the body in response to SARS-CoV-2 infection

Symptoms of long COVID, also called Post-COVID Conditions (PCC), can include:

• Fatigue

• Fever

• “Brain fog”

• Shortness of breath

• Cough

• Chest pain

• Heart palpitations

• Headaches and dizziness

• Changes in smell or taste

• Stomach pain and diarrhea

• Joint and muscle pain




Interesting. It seems that a number of cities with lower incidence of long covid had a higher percentage of impaired activities. I wonder if there is a reporting bias of some sort.

              % reporting
        long covid  reduced activities
Dallas       27.5        27.6
Detroit      26.6        33.4
Atlanta      25.9        39.7
Phoenix      25.8        28.1
Miami        25.2        17.7   Ave = 29.3%

Los Angeles  22.7        40.7
Chicago      21.1        31.8
New York     20.6        26.5
Houston      18.8        29.5
San Fran     14.1        38.8   Ave = 33.5%


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Yes, the use of the colors “blue” and “red” are a clue.


There is some correlation, but there are outliers.

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Re: red/blue states

The blue states have better Medicaid and better social programs. Are you saying that makes for fewer long Covid cases? How so?

Less vaccine resistance? Recent book said Marin Co CA was tops in vaccine resistance. Highest rates in upper middle class communities.

I just looked at the map at the link. The Gov of Florida must be crushed that residents of the state tended to not follow his “leadership”.


Very first question that needs to be answered: What is the definition of “long COVID” and is everyone using the same definition.

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I understand what you mean. But no one should believe in science.