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”