Baton Rouge General offers support for COVID-19 survivors

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)- COVID-19 patients are dealing with their cough, isolation and other symptoms during their recovery. According to Baton Rouge General, patients are still suffering even after they conquer the virus.

Baton Rouge General Hospital launched their “Coping After COVID” program to offer support for COVID-19 survivors.

“The program is for survivors of COVID-19 survivors who have been struggling to get back to life after having lingering symptoms and effects of the symptoms,” Director of Services of Behavior Services for Baton Rouge General, Shannon Ragusa said.

Researchers have labeled these survivors as “long haulers”. Long haulers are a people experiencing lasting effects of the virus like anxiety, difficulty concentrating and sadness.

Ragusa says the goal of the program is to have conversations about surviving life during a pandemic and how to get back on your feet after battling COVID-19.

“You think it’s going to be a short time, but it’s months of end. These people are facing financial concerns, they are isolated, they may be stigmatized in some way.”

Coping After COVID is a 6 week long program led by a therapist who will discuss different topics each week about managing life after the virus.

The program is free at charge and open to all coronavirus survivors.

“Add in feelings of loneliness, anxiety and depression, and it can really take a toll on the mind as well as the body,” Ragusa said.

Registration for Coping After COVID can be found here. The first meeting will begin October 7.

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