The World Health Organization defines long COVID or post-COVID as a condition occurring in individuals with a history of probable or confirmed SARS CoV-2 infection, usually three months from the onset of COVID-19 with symptoms lasting for at least two months and cannot be explained by an alternative diagnosis. Common symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
- Cognitive dysfunction (brain fog)
- Other symptoms that generally impact everyday functioning.
New symptoms may onset following initial recovery from an acute COVID-19 episode or persist from the initial illness. Symptoms may also fluctuate or relapse over time.
Post-Covid symptoms can be mild or debilitating to the affected person. Also, some are asymptomatic, but as time passes, symptoms appear. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates as of February 2022, close to 187,000,00 COVID-19 infections in the US.
A Journal of American Medical Association study estimates that 30% of infected people will develop post-COVID symptoms equaling 56,000,000 long COVID sufferers. That’s one of every six Americans.
With these rising numbers of people with post-COVID symptoms, what are the treatments for long COVID? Because the symptoms vary from person to person and over time, there is no defined protocol for treating post-COVID.
Recent scientific and medical studies show that post-COVID symptoms treated with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) chambers produce promising results. HBOT can induce neuroplasticity and improve cognitive, psychiatric, fatigue, sleep, and pain symptoms of patients suffering from post-COVID conditions.
If you are suffering from post-COVID, call us for a free consultation at (770) 321-0696