COVID-19 update May 26: Evanston’s weekly cases are down 20%

The total number of new cases of COVID-19 in Evanston for the week ended May 25 was 335, down 20% from the week ended May 19. The number of new cases in the state fell by 18%. Hospitalizations in the state have doubled in the past six weeks.

Evanston, Chicago, Cook County and Illinois are all in the “intermediate” risk community. “At a medium community level, people who are elderly or immunocompromised (at risk of serious consequences) are advised to wear a mask in indoor public spaces. Additionally, they should make sure they keep up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines or get their second booster if they’re eligible,” says the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Researchers estimate that the real number of new cases is about six or seven times the reported number because many people who have tested positive in home tests do not report them.


Researchers are raising concerns about what is being dubbed Long-COVID. Although the term is still poorly defined, it is used to describe a variety of conditions that persist four weeks or more after initial infection with COVID and can occur even if a person has had a mild case of Covid. Symptoms vary from person to person but can include “fatigue, cognitive impairment (or “brain fog”), muscle or joint pain, heart palpitations, trouble sleeping, and mood swings. Long COVID can affect multiple organ systems and cause tissue damage,” said a Science, Technology Assessment and Analytics paper published by the Government Accountability Office.

A recent study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 20% of adults ages 18 to 64 who have had COVID had at least one medical condition that could be considered long-term COVID. For people over 65, the percentage is 25%. The study found that the risk of developing any of the health conditions was significantly higher in people who contracted COVID than in those who didn’t.

A large study released May 25 by the Department of Veteran Affairs found that vaccinations reduced the risk of a long COVID by only about 15% six months after an initial diagnosis of COVID. The main benefit of the vaccines was to reduce the risk of lung and blood clot disorders.

Citing these studies, many health experts encourage people to get vaccinated, wear masks, avoid crowded indoor spaces and be cautious.

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