What to Expect from Post COVID-Care

Jan 01, 2023
What to Expect from Post COVID-Care
So, you contracted COVID. The main thing is that you recovered; however, you may still need some care as your body reacts to the infection. Here’s what to expect from post-COVID care.

People who get COVID can have a wide range of experiences, depending on their vaccination status, their age, their general health, and whether or not they have chronic health issues. Post-COVID care is important to ensure you make a full recovery.

At House Call Doctors of Pacific Northwest PLLC, with offices in Bellingham, Snohomish, and Everett, Washington, our team, which includes Bernadette Kimemia, DNP, ARNP, FNP-C, and Phyllis Muthee, NP, ARNP, provides a full range of COVID-19 services from COVID-19 testing to extended post-COVID care in the comfort of your own home.

Understanding post-COVID condition (long COVID)

Post COVID-19 condition, also known as long COVID, can include a range of physical symptoms that may manifest singly, in groups, or in one series after another. These symptoms include (listed in order of commonality)::

  • Shortness of breath
  • Cognitive dysfunction (brain fog)
  • Fatigue 
  • Intermittent chest pain and/or shortness of breath
  • Anxiety and/or depression
  • Muscle aches
  • Fever
  • Digestive issues
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Loss of smell and/or taste

Long COVID symptoms can last anywhere from three to nine months or longer and may require extensive post-COVID care.

People most likely to get long COVID

Groups who are more likely to suffer from post-COVID condition include:

  • Unvaccinated or insufficiently vaccinated persons
  • Persons with existing health problems
  • People who had severe COVID symptoms and didn’t seek medical help
  • People with asthma or other respiratory issues
  • People already hospitalized for another condition when they contracted COVID

Not everyone who fits one of these profiles will suffer from long COVID, and some people who were perfectly healthy before COVID will have extended post-COVID condition. However, being in a group included on the above list would increase your risk.

Post-COVID care

House Call Doctors of Pacific Northwest PLLC provides post-COVID care in our offices, via telemedicine, and in your home as needed or desired.

Post-COVID care will be tailored to your specific set of symptoms. The goal is to help reduce the effects of post-COVID condition on your life, help you feel better, and keep you on the path to a full recovery from your case of COVID.

You might need medication to help with breathing, exercises, or massage to relieve muscle tension or stiffness, treatment for persistent stomach or intestinal complaints, or even mental health treatment for anxiety or depression.

We don’t yet fully understand the long-term effects of COVID. We will work with you and treat your case as unique to ensure the best possible post-COVID care is provided.

Suffering from post-COVID symptoms? We can help. Book your walk-in appointment, house call, or virtual visit with House Call Doctors of Pacific Northwest PLLC with a phone call or by clicking the online scheduling tool now.