AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR / KCIT) – When it comes to recovery after COVID-19, anyone who has had the virus will experience a different way to feel better. By doing so, some may experience what is called long COVID.
According to Center for Disease Control and Preventionlong COVID, also known as post-COVID conditions, is a wide range of new, recurrent or persistent health problems that people may experience four or more weeks after first being infected with the virus.
Regional Medical Director of Region One at the Texas Department of State Health Services Scott Milton said they are constantly learning about prolonged covid and the problems it can bring.
“I think it is clear that it is obviously who has been infected and many times has been seriously infected who is most at risk of getting a long-term compilation of covid, whether it is some neurological problems or chronic respiratory problems, “said Dr. Milton.
Dr. Milton said the best way to prevent long-term covid is to get vaccinated.
“We have learned so much more about the vaccines from having them nearby for more than a year, how safe and effective they are, and so people should be much safer if they have not been vaccinated yet, that it is safe to and it’s the best way to prevent it, ”added Dr. Milton.
From July 2021, long COVID can be considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Dr. Milton also addressed the reason why High Plains are still seeing deaths as new cases fall on High Plains.
He says it’s due to a delay.
“If people are going to get sick enough to be hospitalized, it is usually ten to twelve days after they have been exposed, and when they are then hospitalized, they are usually so sick that they do not get out of the hospital right away. Especially if they go to the intensive care unit. They have been infected a long time ago, so they develop a severe covid infection and a severe immune response, and it just takes weeks and weeks, ”said Dr. Milton.
At the time of writing, High Plains has seen over 2,000 deaths due to COVID-19.