For long COVID, there is currently no single test or proven treatment. If you are concerned about any lasting symptoms after a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 sickness don’t be afraid to ask for help. Checking in with your primary care provider is a good first step. If you have any of the following emergency warning signs, call 9-1-1 immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone
Tests may be ordered by health care providers to help explain symptoms or rule out other possible medical issues. They might also ask about your history of COVID-19 infection and any underlying medical conditions. Through rehabilitation treatments, drugs, and coordinated care, health care providers can assist with reducing or managing the symptoms of long COVID.
Our knowledge of long COVID is still limited, and treatment recommendations will certainly change as new information becomes available.