BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – Although most people with COVID-19 get better within weeks of testing positive, some experience symptoms for weeks or months after.
“What happens is that people who recover from COVID develop chronic symptoms,” Regional Medical Director of Ochsner in Baton Rouge Dr. Aldo Russo said. “All kinds of problems that are originating after you develop COVID and you don’t have to be really sick with COVID to develop these symptoms.”
This issue is common enough that specialized clinics are popping up to help.
“There are places in the country that have opened up what we call long COVID clinics that take care of these patients in particular that have these side effects or lingering symptoms after developing COVID,” Russo said.
Even here in Louisiana.
“We have a long COVID clinic in New Orleans, and kind of informally, we have one here in Baton Rouge,” Russo said.
The science is still unclear if vaccinated people who had breakthrough COVID are more or less likely to have long COVID.
“The jury is still out, we don’t know if they are going to have long COVID symptoms,” Russo said. “It’s hard to tell who will develop long COVID, I have seen healthy 30-year-olds develop long COVID symptoms and some 80-year-old that don’t develop long COVID symptoms, so it is hard to tell who are the ones who will develop the long COVID.”
Support groups have formed so people suffering from long COVID can find resources, understanding and community.