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COVID-19 Long-Haulers: The Road to Recovery

February 25, 2021

“I have heard of people having symptoms past six months. These are the COVID long-haulers.”

Dr. Subramani Seetharama, medical director of the Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network, helps us define and understand the a relatively new moniker in this COVID era – long-haulers.

What’s a long-hauler?

Dr. Seetharama says, while the definition is still evolving, it generally refers to people who have had COVID, but are still experiencing symptoms one month or more post-infection. These symptoms could linger three months, six months, or longer. Only time will tell.

What are some common long-hauler symptoms?

  • Shortness of breath.
  • Chest pain.
  • Psychological effects.
  • PTSD.
  • Depression.
  • Sleep dysfunction.
  • Brain fog.

“Brain fog is a common thing that we are hearing,” says Dr. Seetharama. “People have decreased concentration, decreased focus.

Listen to the full podcast with Dr. Subramani Seetharama:

Dr. Seetharama says most long-haulers report symptoms being mild to moderate – but these symptoms can often interfere with returning work and life as they knew it before COVID.

When should you seek help?

Dr. Seetharama’s recommendation: If you’re one month post-COVID, still experiencing symptoms, and it’s interfering with your quality of life — something is wrong. You need medical support.

Hartford HealthCare’s COVID Recovery Center is here to help. If you or a loved one needs help after recovering from COVID-19, call 860.827.3200 to schedule a virtual or in person appointment. Learn more at HartfordHealthCare.org/CovidRecovery

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