Long COVID, long-haul COVID, post-COVID-19 Syndrome, post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PACS), Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) are all terms to describe a syndrome where symptoms continue months after the coronavirus infection.
1/3rd of COVID survivors may suffer from Long COVID, whether their initial illness was serious or not. Symptoms may last many months.
A proper diagnosis before applying for disability benefits is key.
First, see your primary care doctor for a referral to the appropriate specialist depending on your specific symptoms. A diagnosis, not just post-COVID syndrome is required for your underlying condition.
Underlying condition – What is making you sick?
- For respiratory issues, see a pulmonlogist
- For chest pain, see a cardiologist
- For exhaustion, see a rheumatologist
- For cognitive issues, see a neurologist……
Keep going to your doctor or specialists to document your symptoms and limitations.
Did you know?
2/3rds of all initial disability applications get denied and Social Security disability insurance requires that a claimant be unable to work for 12 months.