Some of those who have contracted COVID-19 have gone on to develop what is called “long COVID”. Long COVID, which is also sometimes called chronic COVID or long-haul COVID, refers to health problems that last four or more weeks after first getting infected with the coronavirus. Some individuals have also reported symptoms popping up months later that do not subside or symptoms that fluctuate and relapse over time. These symptoms have included chronic fatigue, shortness of breath, brain fog, impaired memory, muscle aches, skin rashes, headaches, poor sleep, difficulty concentrating, and depression. The WHO estimates that up to 20 percent of Covid-19 patients have experienced lingering symptoms that lasted for months after infection and it is expected that this number will grow. Long COVID has been most prevalent in people aged 39 to 69.
Doctors have also recently reported a surge in cases of POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) which may be linked to COVID-19 infection. POTS is a nervous-system disorder that can be very debilitating. Those suffering from POTS often experience fainting, lightheadedness, rapid heartbeat when standing up, chest pain, and shortness of breath. It can seriously impair a person’s ability to function and work.
The development of multiorgan and autoimmune conditions after contracting COVID-19 has also been reported, which can cause problems with the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, and immune system. This is especially concerning when it comes to children who contract COVID-19, as chronic problems could pop-up well into the future and it is unknown what the long-term consequences of the infection will be.
If you’ve noticed lingering symptoms like these after contracting COVID-19 and it is affecting your ability to work, you could be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits or SSI. Call the attorneys at Smith Godios Sorensen Inc. at 877-230-5500 with any questions.