COVID ‘Long Haulers’: The Long-Term Effects of COVID-19
A Virtual Conversation with Dr. Greg Vanichkachorn, Mayo Clinic
Tuesday, October 5, at 7 PM EDT on Zoom
According to articles published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and The British Medical Journal approximately 10 percent of people experience prolonged illness after being infected.
Patients diagnosed with post-COVID-19 syndrome, also known as “PCS,” “COVID-19 long-haul syndrome” and post-acute sequelae of SARS COV-2,” experience symptoms such as mood disorders, fatigue and perceived cognitive impairment that can negatively affect returning to work and resuming normal activities, according to a Mayo Clinic study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
Science Writers in New York is excited to do its first interview on long haulers and the long-term effects of COVID-19 with Greg Vanichkachorn, M.D., M.P.H., of the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Vanichkachorn is an expert on the treatment of post-COVID-19 syndrome.
About Dr. Greg Vanichkachorn
Dr. Greg Vanichkachorn is the medical director of the Mayo Clinic’s COVID-19 Activity Rehabilitation Program. It was developed at Mayo Clinic in Rochester in June 2020 to care for patients experiencing persistent symptoms after COVID-19 infection.
Dr. Vanichkachorn has over a decade of experience helping injured workers manage their work-related injuries and the complicated psychosocial factors that can affect recovery and return to function. He uses skills in cognitive behavioral therapy to better understand patient’s concerns.
The Mayo Clinic is conducting intensive research on post-COVID-19 syndrome, in part to better define how the condition presents across different socioeconomic groups and ethnicities. Prolonged symptoms, such as those experienced with post-COVID-19 syndrome, have been reported in prior epidemics.
“As the pandemic continues, we expect to see more patients who experience symptoms long after infection, and health care providers need to prepare for this, know what to look for, and know how to best provide for their patients’ needs,” says Dr. Vanichkachorn.
Watch Dr. Vanichkachorn discuss the research on long haulers at the Mayo Clinic.
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Tuesday, October 5
7 to 8 pm EDT