Long COVID - Is Testable & Treatable
Signs & symptoms of long covid
o Common symptoms include fatigue, brain fog, various respiratory and heart symptoms, neurological symptoms, digestive symptoms, and others.
DIAGNOSING LONG COVID
o Blood work
1. LH Cytokine Panel: Abnormal levels may indicate current COVID-19infection, or acute infection in those suffering from chronic COVID symptoms
2. COVID-19 S1 Protein Immune Subset Panel
treating long covid
o Mental health counseling and support to address mental health concerns, such as anxiety, depression, attention, and PTSD after the effects of COVID-19.
o Endocrinological care to care for those who developed diabetes after COVID-19.
o Medications for either psychiatric or other medical diagnoses resulting from COVID-19infection.
o Physical therapy to address joint and muscle pain, as well as other mobility issues.
o Pulmonary rehabilitation where patients can strengthen their pulmonary muscles and address their declining lung function.
Rates and Impact of Long COVID
o 1 in 13 Americans with a history of COVID-19 develop Long COVID symptoms lasting three or more months.
o 79% of individuals with Long COVID report limitations in daily activities, with 27%experiencing significant changes.
o The long-term effects and implications of Long COVID are still uncertain.
Disparities Among Various Groups
o Middle-aged adults are three times more likely to experience Long COVID than adults aged 80 and older.
o Women have a higher likelihood (9.4%) of experiencing Long COVID compared to men (5.5%).
o Hispanic adults have the highest likelihood (9%) of experiencing Long COVID symptoms, followed by
non-Hispanic Whites (7.5%).
o Transgender adults have a higher prevalence (15%) of Long COVID symptoms compared to cis-gender counterparts (5-9%).
o Rural, conservative states like Kentucky, Alabama, Tennessee, and South Dakota have higher rates of Long COVID symptoms.
o Long COVID rates are higher among the unvaccinated, and vaccinated individuals that contracted COVID more than once.
Understanding the Impact through a Social Determinants of Health Lens
o Long COVID symptoms result in approximately one million Americans being unable to work, leading to significant economic losses.
1. Total economic cost of Long COVID is estimated to be $3.7 trillion
o The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has developed a comprehensive framework
with recommendations for various sectors.
Learn more about Long COVID treatments at COVID Long Haulers