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Checklist: What to do if you have Long Covid (or think you might)

I'd hoped to add more to this article, but for now, here are some tips to get started. Get Educated Read A Practical Guide to Long Haul Covid by Anisha Sekar. It's really good. Subscribe to email updates from . They do a fantastic job of summarizing new research. Learn about POTS Syndrome . Read the article How to spot the signs of long Covid on Vox. Watch this video by Dr. Leo Galland. Enroll in a Post Covid care clinic ASAP If you suspect you may have Long Covid symptoms, enroll in a Post Covid care clinic. Many of these clinics offer telehealth appointments, accept insurance, and will work with your existing doctor. It's best to apply as soon as you suspect post Covid symptoms because there are already long waiting lists to speak with a doctor. It's important to note that some of these clinics are more effective at others. Because this is a relatively new syndrome, the scientific data is still incomplete. There may not be a quick fix. Find a Post

Omicron is not mild

Someone told me that they weren't worried about Omicron because they were fully boosted, and that they'd heard Omicron is milder. Omicron is a real problem, not only because the sheer number of infections (over 1 million new cases per day in the U.S. and climbing) has the potential to cause a lot of disruption. My own initial Covid infection did not require hospitalization -- ergo, it was “mild.” However I have not recovered. Nearly 2 years later and I am still not able to return to work. We must not get comfortable with this virus yet. More reasons why Omicron isn't mild: Omicron isn't mild for hospitals . An overstretched system could ironically mask the extent of Omicron’s impact: When hospitals are full, they cannot accept more patients, artificially deflating recorded rates of severe disease, even as total cases continue to rise. The term "mild" is often used to describe cases that don't need hospitalization. That doesn't necessarily mean the acu

Micro-clots: a big piece of the Long Covid puzzle?

Over the last year, a number of studies have shown that Covid causes microclots of the blood, which are not detected by standard imaging or blood tests. Microclots are a problem because they make blood sticky, preventing proper blood flow. This means that blood cells (along with vital oxygen and nutrients) are not able to reach all parts of the body, especially in capillaries. This can have huge effects on any part of the body, including heart, lungs, brain and many others. (Dr. Asad Kahn, a respiratory practitioner that is also a long hauler, purports to have a photograph of microclotted blood . I do not have a way to verify the authenticity of the photo, but wow -- it's really something.) When the body is functioning normally, clots are routinely cleared from your system. But for many with Long Covid, this process is impaired. A study  published in December 2021 shows how these microclots might be treated. Researchers found that anticoagulant/anti-platelet therapy dissolved micro