If you are someone who has had and since recovered from COVID-19, it is essential to stay on top of your health and take note of any potential lasting effects. Whether you are someone still experiencing symptoms post-recovery and looking for “long haul” care, or you are someone who feels perfectly well but is looking for a more in-depth analysis of your health, Pulmonary Associates of Richmond is here to help you keep yourself and your loved ones safe by diagnosing and treating any potential long-term effects of COVID-19 on the lungs.
Pulmonary Associates of Richmond aims to help patients return to the highest level of pulmonary function possible with the monitoring and treatment of your lung health after your COVID-19 recovery.
Why is COVID-19 Aftercare Important?
With the proper care, many people who test positive for COVID-19 can recover quickly, within a few weeks after the onset of symptoms. However, the battle doesn’t end after the initial recovery phase. There have been multiple cases of COVID-19 leading to long-term damage to the lungs, usually caused by the specific strain of pneumonia that often accompanies the virus. Because this is such a recent phenomenon as well, there may be other long-term effects that remain as yet unknown.
Because COVID-19 itself is so new, it can be difficult for new patients to know what exactly aftercare for this virus looks like. Ultimately, this will depend on your existing conditions, symptoms and lung health. COVID-19 Aftercare may be as simple as scheduling a few additional appointments with your doctor within a year of your initial recovery to confirm your clean bill of health.
However, for “long-haulers” still experiencing symptoms after recovery, or for those with preexisting medical conditions or those who contracted pneumonia while battling COVID-19, these checkups may reveal the beginnings of serious lung damage caused by scar tissue. Many times, patients who are experiencing long-term effects will not even realize it’s happening until the damage has become far more serious. This is why it’s so important to schedule and attend check-in appointments with your doctor to catch these signs early and start managing the damage immediately.