Palliative Care Model Well-Suited for ‘Long COVID’ Patients

August 18, 2022

Patients suffering from long COVID stand to benefit if health care providers integrate palliative care principles into their approach to treating the disease. The CDC defines “long COVID” when a patient has symptoms that last beyond four weeks of their initial infection.

The possibility exists that it could be permanent, according to Dr. Joe Rotella, chief medical officer for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM).

“We don’t know if that will, in the long run, be permanent or potentially get worse over time. But the range of experiences that have been reported are symptoms that have lasted for weeks, symptoms that have lasted for months, and symptoms that have lasted for more than a year,” Rotella told Hospice News. “There have also been some reports of people having symptoms that then get better and then mysteriously get worse again, and we don’t why it happens or what the long-term consequences will be.”

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