Long COVID, also known as post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC), is a condition that can occur after a person has recovered from COVID-19 but continues to experience symptoms for weeks or even months. Symptoms can vary widely but can include fatigue, shortness of breath, joint pain, difficulty concentrating, and a loss of sense of smell or taste. Long COVID requires medical attention, and treatment may involve managing symptoms and working with a healthcare team to improve quality of life.
I had COVID-19 and was in the hospital for several weeks, but I'm still out of breath and not getting better. Once I was discharged, there was no doctor I could go to to discuss my symptoms.
Patients are the experts in their condition and advocacy groups provide a platform for patient voices. Working directly with these communities is the key to pushing research forward in an inclusive way.
If you have symptoms after recovering from COVID-19, you may be eligible for Post COVID-19 clinical trials. These clinical trials are working to understand post COVID-19 symptoms as well as produce potential treatments to these symptoms.
In the United States alone we have seen over 50 million cases of COVID-19 and over 800,000 deaths in total. There is a clear prevalence across the U.S. and worldwide that has and is impacting many.
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