MIAMI (CBSMiami) – With more and more people suffering from long-term COVID, programs are now popping up to help patients receive the comprehensive treatment they need.
Dr. Bruce Levy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, says up to 30% of patients with COVID, many with only mild illness, have at least one symptom that persists for three to six months or more, a condition referred to as long Covid.READ MORE: Alaskan Dr. Kimberly Jean Kilgore Died While Scuba Diving In Keys
“It’s another pandemic, and it threatens the health of a generation,” Levy said.
“Long COVID involves multiple parts of the body, multiple symptoms. And so, going to anyone doctor is a real challenge to comprehensively evaluate this.”
Brigham and Women’s Hospital established a COVID recovery center where patients have their lingering symptoms addressed, all in one place.
“They get an itinerary for any doctors or other healthcare providers they’ll be seeing,” Levy said.
Patient Phil Baczewski has been coming to the center for a few months.
In March 2020, Baczewski developed fever, cough, and trouble breathing. When the 47-year-old father of four went to the hospital, the doctor didn’t mince words. “He said you’re really sick and if we don’t put you on life support you’re going to die,” Baczewski says.READ MORE: Giant Asteroid To Safely Zoom By Earth On Tuesday
Baczewski had COVID-19, was in pulmonary failure, and was given a 10% chance to live.
He spent 28 days in the hospital, 16 of them in a coma.
“From when I woke up till the day I left, it was like it was a struggle to even just use my hands to feed myself,” he said.
More than a year later, Baczewski still suffers from nerve pain, weakness, fatigue, shortness of breath, anxiety, depression, and brain fog.
He hopes more long COVID patients can find the help they need, by coming to places like the recovery center.
“It’s provided me with some hope for the future that, you know, this is what I’ve been longing for from services to have someone that really can understand COVID,” he said.
Other hospitals around the country are also implementing programs for people with long COVID.MORE NEWS: Betty White Challenge Encourages $5 Donations For Local Animal Shelters In Honor Of Late Comedian’s 100th Birthday
It is recommended that patients suffering from lingering Covid symptoms ask their doctor about nearby programs.