Palliative Care Model Well-Suited for ‘Long COVID’ Patients

Patients suffering from long COVID stand to benefit if health care providers integrate palliative care principles into their approach to treating the disease.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) defines “long COVID” as situations in which patients have symptoms that last beyond four weeks of their initial infection. As of now, insufficient time has passed to determine a typical duration of this condition.

The possibility exists that it could be permanent, according to Dr. Joe Rotella, chief medical officer for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM).

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