For many people who suffer from a COVID-19 infection, the disease alone can be difficult enough to deal with. However, many people infected by this disease have found themselves dealing with “Long COVID,” a set of symptoms that can persist for months or years afterwards. Here are seven ways a COVID infection may result in a long-term disability:
More than two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, many survivors of the coronavirus have found themselves struggling with health problems that have persisted long after the disease itself. Referred to generally as “Long COVID,” this condition can have a major impact on people’s lives and their ability to work. However, people with Long COVID have struggled to obtain disability benefits, due in part to bureaucratic issues that have impeded many applicants for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (also known as the VA) has released a new guidebook for what it refers to as its “whole health system approach” to Long COVID. This guidebook is meant to help the growing number of veterans who struggle with the effects of this disease, also known as “long haulers,” including helping physicians to diagnose victims and determine appropriate treatment. The VA hopes that the practices and standards laid out in the guidebook will help other physicians around the country who are figuring out how to help people struggling with the aftereffects of COVID-19.
While the coronavirus has not completely disappeared, a growing vaccination rate has led doctors and other medical experts to start looking at the aftereffects of the pandemic. Of particular concern is the phenomenon known as “long COVID,” which afflicts a startling number of victims of the virus. For disability advocates, this population of COVID-19 sufferers may prove to be the longest lasting legacy of the coronavirus pandemic, potentially leading to years or decades of care for affected individuals. Continue reading ““Long COVID” Becomes Growing Focus for Disability Advocates”