A 23andMe study attempts to reveal who is at the most risk for long COVID

I have long considered off-the-shelf DNA tests to be a cute gimmick. If someone's too cheap to buy your non-anonymized data from a DNA service, they can just steal the database. 23andMe however has done some interesting research on long COVID here, but I won't be changing my mind.


A new unpublished study from 23andMe is part of a growing body of research shedding light on who experiences post-COVID conditions and why. The survey, which was voluntary and relied on people self-reporting symptoms, had several major findings, including that women were far more likely to experience long-term symptoms, as were people with a prior diagnosis of depression or anxiety. More than half of people who reported a diagnosis of long COVID had a history of cardiometabolic disease, such as heart attacks or diabetes.

The 23andMe survey included 100,000 people who reported a diagnosis of COVID. Of those, 26,000 described experiencing symptoms of COVID at least a month after being infected. In addition, more than 7,000 participants reported an official diagnosis of long COVID. Survey participants were asked about their symptoms at 3, 6 and 12 months. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates, about 13.3% of people with COVID will experience symptoms for at least a month, and 2.5% of people will experience symptoms for longer than three months.

I don't even think I should DNA test my dogs. Who knows what government agency will come kidnap them for their super intelligence.