A recent article posted in Scientific American’s February 2023 issue is titled: Long COVID Now Looks like a Neurological Disease, Helping Doctors to Focus Treatments.
Long Term COVID
Long Term COVID applies to individuals who tested positive for COVID and that, despite testing negative suffer with symptoms that persist for more than three months. This syndrome is now known by the medical profession as post-acute sequelae of COVID-19, or PASC. And symptoms include fatigue, pain, with those individuals affected often having difficulty remembering or focusing on things. Many individuals applying for or receiving social security disability are high risk individuals with pre-existing underlying medical illnesses and diagnosis’ (such as: asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer patients) which create higher health risks associated with a positive COVID diagnosis.
Long COVID seems to affect individuals who needed extended respiratory therapy or were hospitalized because of COVID. Long COVID has been reported by those relatively healthy with individuals reporting ongoing inflammation and daily complains of chronic fatigue. We are hoping continued studies can increase the unknown effects of the COVID- causing virus leads to including medications, physical therapy, and accurate early-diagnosis.