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|Susceptibility to Long COVID||Posts suggesting that readers are at risk of developing long COVID||“Some studies and surveys with patients hospitalized with COVID-19 show that up to 50%-80% of people continue to have symptoms up to eight weeks after they contracted COVID-19, even though the virus is no longer in their bodies.” Idaho Department of Health and Welfare|
|Severity of Long COVID||Posts suggesting that long COVID would pose a serious risk to health and well-being||“For some people, the symptoms of long COVID can be quite debilitating and very, very similar to chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms…" Alaska Health and Social Services|
|Long-COVID Symptoms||Posts detailing the symptoms that people with long COVID may experience||“Most people who get sick with #COVID19 recover completely within a few weeks, but some continue to have lasting side effects like shortness of breath and headaches.” Georgia Department of Public Health|
|Long-COVID Experiences||Posts sharing a personal experience from someone who developed long COVID||“Before COVID I used to read all the time. Now I can’t even read a simple paragraph without getting tired and frustrated. With the help of my teachers and staff, they have been very supportive at my school. After all this time suffering, I strongly urge others to get the vaccine because it can save your life and it can make sure that you and others don’t have to get affected the same way and have to suffer like I have.” Oregon Health Authority|
|Benefits of Means of Preventing Long COVID||Posts describing methods to effectively reduce the threat of long COVID||“The best way to avoid getting long COVID is to protect yourself from COVID-19. Get vaccinated, wear a mask, physically distance, and wash your hands frequently.” Wisconsin Department of Health Services|
|Prevention Benefits/Masks||Posts describing masks as an effective strategy for reducing the threat of long COVID||“The long-term effects of COVID include scarred lungs, brain fog, chest pains and fatigue. Do not let COVID symptoms affect your peak performance for years to come. Mask up and get vaccinated.” Hawaii State Department of Health|
|Prevention Benefits/Social Distancing||Posts describing social distancing as an effective strategy for reducing the threat of long COVID||“COVID can have devastating long-term effects. So wear a mask. Wash your hands. Social distance. Don’t take the risk.” New York State Health Department|
|Prevention Benefits/Vaccines||Posts describing vaccines as an effective strategy for reducing the threat of long COVID||“Vaccinating drastically reduces your chance of contracting #longhaul #COVID19.” Georgia Department of Public Health|
|Barriers to Prevention||Posts addressing any barriers to engaging in long COVID preventive behaviors||“Because some people with #COVID19 can have very mild symptoms, some may see natural infection as preferable to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The fact is that natural immunity or protection from COVID-19 is not preferable to getting vaccinated. The risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 outweighs the benefit of natural immunity… Also, scientists are still learning about the long-term effects of COVID-19, but some people continue to have some longer-term effects from their illness.” Oregon Health Authority|
|Cues to Action||Posts encouraging readers to take action to prevent long COVID||“For 1 in 4 COVID-19 patients, the fight doesn’t stop once the virus goes away. Protect yourself and your loved ones by getting vaccinated. #ctvaxfacts” Connecticut Department of Public Health|
|Informational Resources for People with Long COVID||Posts offering or linking to guidance, advice, or research targeting those who already have long COVID||“#COVID19 and recovering from it looks different for everyone. For some people, symptoms last for weeks, or even months. That’s called long COVID. Learn more about long COVID and what #DHSWI is doing to help those experiencing it” Wisconsin Department of Health Services|
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