Measuring the Cost of COVID in Doctor’s Visits

F. Perry Wilson, MD MSCE
Long COVID Connection
6 min readFeb 14, 2024

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A COVID infection leads to an average of nine extra visits per year.

When I wrote this, February of 2024, 1.2 million people in the United States had died of COVID — a loss of life that exceeds what we saw in World War 2, the so-called “Spanish” flu of 1918, the Civil War, and the entire AIDS epidemic. This story is not about them.

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F. Perry Wilson, MD MSCE
Long COVID Connection

Medicine, science, statistics. Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Yale. New book “How Medicine Works and When it Doesn’t” available now.