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Help the COVID long-haulers: How the nation can learn from NYC

Help the COVID long-haulers: How the nation can learn from NYC
Those of us who try to prepare communities for outbreaks of infectious diseases have a saying: Once you’ve seen one pandemic, you’ve seen one pandemic. In other words, each deadly outbreak is different, and brings with it new challenges.

Our workplace, NYC Health + Hospitals, is planning three COVID-19 recovery centers — called COVID-19 Centers of Excellence — strategically placed around the city.In our outpatient COVID-19 recovery centers, patients have access to specialists from a range of disciplines, including pulmonary, cardiology and neurology, along with on-site radiology, optometry, dentistry and pharmacy.Most Read To make sure access is provided to the people who need it most, our other COVID-19 recovery centers are located in Bushwick and Jackson Heights, areas that have been historically underserved and hardest hit by the pandemic.In New York, Mount Sinai, Hackensack Meridian and Richmond University Medical Center also have established COVID-19 recovery centers.

Those of us who try to prepare communities for outbreaks of infectious diseases have a saying: Once you’ve seen one pandemic, you’ve seen one pandemic.These patients become COVID-19 “long-haulers,” who have lingering issues and may experience damage to their heart, lungs, kidneys or brain — putting them at increased risk for cardiovascular complications such as heart attacks and strokes, cognitive and neurological impairments, and lung damage.

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