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About COVID-19

Get The Facts

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What Is COVID-19?

On Dec. 12, 2019, a small cluster of patients in Wuhan, China, began experiencing symptoms of a pneumonia-like illness characterized by respiratory troubles, a cough, and a loss of taste or smell. By 2020, the virus, named COVID-19, spread throughout the globe. Most cases were mild, but for some, they were fatal. In a few short years, there have been over 768 million cumulative cases of COVID-19 worldwide, resulting in over 6.9 million deaths.

Most countries in the world went into some form of lockdown during 2020 to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Hospitals were overburdened by a high number of patients needing critical care at once. Variants popped up quickly and the pharmaceutical community went into overdrive to create and distribute effective, safe vaccines and treatment.

Today, much of the global population has antibodies that offer protection from COVID-19, either from previous illness and recovery or from vaccination. The pandemic has become endemic, meaning a regularly expected occurrence for mankind, like the flu.

Lockdowns and mask mandates have largely lifted. Nonetheless, COVID-19 is still a real threat—especially for those who are immunocompromised or have long-haul COVID, meaning they experience lingering symptoms weeks, months, and even years after their initial COVID-19 diagnosis. Long-haul COVID can drastically impact a person’s quality of life for a long time. It can be painful, costly, and isolating—which is why our mission at Recover ITC is to cut long-haul COVID short.

Misinformation about COVID-19 poses danger for patients, caregivers, and our communities at large. Get guidance grounded in science using resources like the CDC and the WHO.

Vaccine Guidance

The U.S. government ended the federal COVID-19 Public Health Emergency status on May 11, 2023, shifting their strategy from an emergency response to incorporating COVID-19 into sustainable public health practices. Vaccines are still provided for free from the U.S. government, and treatment is still available to patients in need.

COVID-19 vaccines make it less likely you will become seriously ill or hospitalized from COVID-19. Like all other vaccine-preventable diseases, you’re most protected when you stay up to date with vaccines and boosters.

COVID-19 vaccines prior to April 18, 2023 may not protect against Omicron variant BA.4 and BA.5. If your last vaccine was not updated for these variants, it’s time for a booster.

Everyone six months and older is encouraged to get an updated COVID-19 vaccine, whether or not they have had the virus before. It is possible to get COVID-19 multiple times, and the vaccine will make it less likely you’ll catch the virus or its variants in the future.

Are you currently experiencing COVID-19 or long-haul COVID? Wait to get vaccinated until after your symptoms are gone and your isolation guidelines have been met. If you have or have recently had multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS), wait to get vaccinated until after you recover and 90 days have passed since the date of your diagnosis.

Learn more about when and how to get vaccinated for COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Tests

The Public Health Emergency expired on May 11, 2023, but there are still places you can get COVID-19 testing for free. Use the CDC’s no-cost COVID-19 testing search to find the closest Care Center offering free tests.

There are two types of tests for COVID-19: PCR tests and antigen tests. PCR tests are considered the “gold standard” and are more likely to detect the virus than  antigen tests. Typically, PCR tests are provided by a healthcare provider with a nasal swab, which will be tested in a laboratory. Results can take up to three days to receive.

Antigen tests are rapid at-home tests and produce a positive or negative result in as little as 15 minutes. Positive tests are highly accurate, though false negatives are possible. The FDA recommends taking two or three antigen tests 48 hours apart for increased accuracy. There are many antigen tests on the market. The FDA makes it easy to find the right fit for you with their antigen test comparison chart.

Keeping Our Patients Safe

As an inflammation treatment center for people with long-haul COVID, the comfort and safety of our clients is our top priority. To prevent transmission to our patients, many of whom have an elevated risk of experiencing severe COVID-19 symptoms, we ask patients not to come to our office if they are currently testing positive for COVID-19.

As part of our safe appointment promise, our clinicians adhere to strict rules regarding masking, handwashing, and surface sanitization. If you have any questions about our safety protocols, give us a call. We’re happy to walk you through our process to provide you with the peace of mind that your health is our primary concern.

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COVID-19 Treatments

Most people experience mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19 and its variants. A cough, running nose, fatigue, and change in taste or smell often accompany the virus. Some patients don’t have symptoms at all.

The CDC recommends staying home for at least five days and isolating yourself from others if you have mild to moderate symptoms. Wear a high-quality N95 mask if you must be in the presence of others or go out in public (to the doctor, for example). Monitor your symptoms. If they become moderate (shortness of breath or difficulty breathing), continue to isolate until  day 10 of having symptoms. Regardless of how long you isolate, make sure you are fever-free for at least 24 hours without taking a fever-reducing medication.

Some people have severe and life-threatening symptoms with COVID-19, like respiratory or organ damage. The FDA has approved several antiviral treatments for patients at risk of developing severe COVID-19, including Paxlovid, Veklury, and Lagevrio. People at the greatest risk of developing severe symptoms are adults aged 50 and up, people who are unvaccinated, and people with chronic health conditions (e.g., lung disease, heart disease, or a compromised immune system). Some people who are immunocompromised also benefit from convalescent plasma treatments.

If you experience severe COVID-19 symptoms, call a medical provider right away. Prompt treatment can save your life and lessen your odds of developing long-haul COVID.

Long-Haul COVID Guide

One in five people experience lingering symptoms one to 12 months after their acute infection of COVID-19. The latest scientific research shows a link between long-haul COVID and elevated inflammation in the body. Patients suffering from long-haul COVID often experience brain fog, respiratory problems, and neurological issues (especially changes to taste and smell), though more than 200 symptoms have been identified.

Long-haul COVID is highly disruptive to a person’s life and can sometimes be disabling. It is a relatively new condition and poorly understood. Many health care providers mistake the signs of long-haul COVID for other preexisting issues, leading to missed opportunities to treat what recent research is telling us is the root of the problem: inflammation.

The good news is that cutting-edge technologies are helping patients fight back against long-haul COVID by reducing inflammation and restoring the body’s equilibrium. The first step on the journey to recovery is education, so arm yourself with the facts.

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