I am writing this letter for the purpose of raising awareness about long-term COVID-19 on the LSU campus. Many people do not know what Long COVID-19 is. Most people assume that their battle with COVID-19 is over when they test negative, but few realize that there may be persistent symptoms that only appear three months after a negative test and last for many months after that. These symptoms can affect even young and healthy people.
The impact has been so strong that universities, including Tulane, have opened long COVID-19 care clinics specifically designed to treat patients with long COVID-19 symptoms. The demand for treatment is so high at Tulane that patients often have to wait six months before they can see anyone at the clinic.
The lack of awareness about long-term COVID-19, and its negative impact on people’s daily lives, led a group of Manship students to center our advocacy project around informing LSU students about long-term COVID-19 using facts and personal experiences. We’ve partnered with a Tulane Long Covid Care Clinic neurologist and experts from the Louisiana Department of Health to help us understand this new health phenomenon, its impact on young people, and what colleges and universities can do to raise awareness and connect students with resources.
Our group strongly encourages LSU students to not only get the COVID-19 vaccine but also be boosted. As scientific experts relentlessly study long-term COVID-19, being boosted and following established COVID-19 guidelines are definitive ways for young students to protect themselves.
Bryant Randall is a 21-year-old political communications manager from Charleston, SC.