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Ask An Expert: Long-term Effects of COVID-19 – Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii 2020-11-26 07:41:25 –

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COVID-19 is less than a year old on the island, but every day we are learning more about acute illness and its long-term effects. Today’s Aska Expert, HINow’s host, Kanoe Gibson, spoke with Dr. Bennet Louis of Hawaii Pacific Health (HPH).

“Most young and healthy people recover from COVID-19 in about two weeks or so. Only one in twenty people arrives at the hospital,” explains Dr. Louis. “But we are learning that a significant number of them can show long-term symptoms that last for more than a month.”

Long-term effects of COVID-19 include fatigue, cough, shortness of breath, headache, loss of smell, and joint pain. Dr. Louis says the scent sensation usually returns within the first week or two. He says that many COVID-19 patients have cognitive deficits called brain fog, in addition to anxiety and depression. Serious problems such as heart failure, chronic lung problems, memory, and even emotional problems can occur.

“Over time, we’re learning that long-term problems can occur in any part of the body,” explains Dr. Louis. “Most patients stay in quarantine at home, but it is important to monitor them very closely for the first 10-14 days.”

HPH GPs can participate in the COVID-19 Virtual Surveillance Program to maintain daily contact with active COVID-19 patients via phone or app. HPH has also launched a new program for patients with long-term symptoms.

Dr. Louis says patients can be seen by a primary care physician through a virtual visit or, in some cases, at a special evaluation center set up just for COVID-related issues.

“More than 10% of patients with COVID-19 have long-term effects and are on the rise, so there will be a significant number of patients with long-term complications from COVID,” he adds. I will.

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