Do Other Diseases Have "Long" Versions?

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This video was made in partnership with Bill Gates. COVID isn’t the only virus to cause long-lasting symptoms. Other viruses - including the flu - can have similar enduring effects on our tissues and immune systems.

To learn more about this topic, start your googling with these keywords:
- Sequelae: Chronic complications of an acute condition.
- RSV: Respiratory Syncytial Virus infects a majority of children before the age of two.
- SARS: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome is a coronavirus-caused respiratory disease responsible for an outbreak in 2002-2003.
- Cytokine Storm: A sudden increase in pro-inflammatory cytokines that causes a severe immune reaction.
- Fibrosis: Pathological wound healing that leads to the formation of scar tissue.

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