COVID-19’s Long Term Effects

The 2019 novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has had a profound impact on people’s lives. While a coronavirus infection can be bad enough on its own, potentially requiring prolonged hospitalization, medical treatment, and even applying for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration, many people who have suffered the illness know that its effects do not end just because the virus has run its course. For these people, COVID-19 has resulted in long-term health consequences that they may be dealing with for months or years to come.

For many people, COVID-19 never truly ended, causing them to suffer what is known as “long COVID.” Others may have only suffered minor symptoms during the original disease, only to discover more extensive health problems later on. In either case, however, the coronavirus can result in disabilities capable of hindering a person’s ability to handle daily tasks and work.

Some long-term health problems often associated with COVID-19, or which can be aggravated by a coronavirus infection, include:

  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Memory problems
  • Mood problems
  • Lung and heart damage
  • Blood clots
  • Seizures
  • Paralysis
  • Stroke
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease

These are currently the most well-known health problems that can result from COVID-19. As time goes on, medical scientists will come to learn more about the disease and the impact it can have on its victims. This means that tens or hundreds of thousands of Americans will likely be left with a need for long-term assistance handling the medical problems caused by a coronavirus infection. In that case, you should speak to an attorney experienced in disability law, who may be able to advise you on steps you can take to obtain Social Security disability benefits.

If you have additional questions or need assistance applying for SSDI or SSI benefits, it is important that you seek the guidance of an experienced Social Security Disability benefits lawyer.

The lawyers at Sullivan & Kehoe, LLP have over 50 years of combined experience between its attorneys and are available to you or your loved one in obtaining Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits. To schedule a consultation with our New York Social Security Disability benefits lawyers, call (631) 823-7155.