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Clinics are popping up for those with ‘long COVID’

Those who suffer from long-term COVID-19 symptoms will soon see more help

In this Nov. 18, 2020, file photo, people wait in a line stretching around a block, outside a CityMD urgent care clinic offering COVID-19 testing in the Park Slope neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York.
In this Nov. 18, 2020, file photo, people wait in a line stretching around a block, outside a CityMD urgent care clinic offering COVID-19 testing in the Park Slope neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York.
Bebetto Matthews, Associated Press

Facilities for those with “long COVID” — meaning they suffer long-term COVID-19 symptoms — are popping up across the country in recent weeks, according to CNN.

  • Those with “long COVID” are often referred to as “long-haulers,” meaning they suffer from long-haul symptoms, including exhaustion, shortness of breath, headaches, fast heartbeats, changes in taste and smell and brain fog, among other symptoms, according to the Deseret News.

What’s going on?

Facilities have popped up in Washington state, Florida, California and Massachusetts, among other states, per CNN.

  • The facilities have doctors who “focus on treatment based on the symptoms reported by a particular patient, especially because patients have varying symptoms,” according to CNN.
  • More research is still being done on how to treat these patients.

Bigger picture

Experts said it’s unclear how many people suffer long-term COVID-19 symptoms. A recent study suggested about 30% of people suffer post-COVID-19 symptoms, but that study was too small to be a true indicator, per Live Science.

But it’s still a problem that exists widely throughout the country, according to CNN.

  • “We now realize it goes way beyond the standard post-viral syndrome,” said Dr. William Li, a physician of internal medicine and founder of the Angiogenesis Foundation, told CNN. “These symptoms can last for nine months. And we’re going on to a year now, we’re still seeing new symptoms unfold.”
  • The facilities see these COVID-19 clinics as a way to help stop a second health crisis.