COVID-19, a respiratory coronavirus, primarily affects the lungs but can also impact multiple organ systems, not only while the patient is ill but also after they’ve recovered. Patients with lingering, bothersome symptoms after contracting COVID-19 are known as long-haulers, and as many as 50 to 80% of those who’ve been infected are experiencing symptoms three months later.
At Respacare in Bridgewater, New Jersey, our team of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine specialists are standing by to provide compassionate, state-of-the-art care to COVID-19 long-haulers throughout Somerset and Hunterdon Counties. Schedule an appointment today to monitor your post-COVID-19 health and address any long-haul symptoms you or a loved one may be experiencing.
Symptoms in COVID-19 Long-Haul Patients
After a patient has contracted COVID-19, there are multiple symptoms they should be aware of that correlate with long-haul cases. These include the following:
- Shortness of breath
- Body aches
- Difficulty focusing or concentrating
- Inability to exercise or return to a pre-COVID-19 regimen
- Difficulty sleeping
Whether you’re showing these symptoms 90 days after your COVID-19 infection or are concerned about your post-COVID-19 health, visit Respacare for a consultation, especially if you meet the following criteria:
- Abnormal findings on imaging
- Shortness of breath
- Oxygen requirements after hospitalization
- Atypical exercise capacity after infection
Post-COVID-19 Testing and Monitoring
Until more is known about the long-term effects of COVID-19, Respacare believes the best path forward for these patients is post-COVID-19 testing and monitoring. Our approaches differ depending on whether the patient was hospitalized with COVID-19, detailed as follows:
Hospitalized with COVID-19
Many hospitalized patients had imaging scans showing inflammation in the lungs, and some of them may have never seen a pulmonologist in the hospital because they weren’t deemed ill enough. Whatever the case, it’s vital for patients who were hospitalized with COVID-19 to schedule follow-up monitoring and testing for things such as:
- Oxygen levels
- Need for supplemental oxygen
- Lung function
- Inflammatory changes in the lungs
- And more…
Not only will the symptoms of these patients be continuously monitored and evaluated, but the results of post-COVID-19 testing can also help determine whether a patient may benefit from treatment, such as inhaler therapy to improve their breathing.
Not Hospitalized with COVID-19
If a patient was not hospitalized but is experiencing shortness of breath, fatigue, and other long-haul symptoms after a COVID-19 diagnosis, their lung function should be evaluated. Respacare can determine whether there is a compromise in their lung function and how it can be addressed through the following methods:
- Lung function testing
- Oxygen testing
- Pulmonary evaluation, which may include chest imaging to check for residual lung damage or scarring
After receiving results, the Respacare team can then determine a viable course of treatment to effectively address a patient’s long-haul symptoms.
Learn More About Treatment for Long-Haul COVID-19 Symptoms
Since 2003, Respacare’s board-certified physicians have provided trusted pulmonary and sleep medical care for patients across Somerset and Hunterdon Counties. We’re constantly monitoring the latest developments pertaining to COVID-19 and its long-term effects and standing by to help long-haul patients find relief from their respiratory- and sleep-related symptoms. To learn more or schedule an appointment, contact Respacare in Bridgewater, NJ, today.