Allegheny Well being Community opens one of many nation’s long-haul COVID-19 clinics – CBS Pittsburgh
By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Many people who test positive for COVID-19 continue to suffer from the effects of the virus months after the first positive test.
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However, Allegheny Health Network has announced that it will be opening one of the first clinics dedicated to treating “Long COVID” patients.
The AHN Post COVID-19 Recovery Clinic will be located in the AHN Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion Center for Respiratory Disorders.
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Studies have shown that about one in three people who have had even mild cases of COVID-19 can still have symptoms after nine months, including difficulty breathing, heart problems, major depression, headaches, and severe fatigue.
“Across the country, doctors are experiencing an increasing number of patients who have recovered from COVID-19 and yet continue to grapple with a variety of problems, from lung, heart and vascular problems to chronic fatigue, headaches and post-traumatic stress disorder. ” said Dr. med. Tariq Cheema, Head of Department for Lung, Intensive, Sleep and Allergy Diseases at AHN. “We have seen former COVID-19 patients who have never smoked before with lung scans equivalent to those of a lifelong smoker. We are also seeing increased cases of extreme fatigue, persistent loss of smell / taste, heart infections, and an increasing number of self-reported depression. “
AHN has announced that several specialists will work together in the new clinic.
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It is open to anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and continues to experience symptoms of the virus.