Patients with COVID for long periods struggle to receive benefits: "We are left behind"

Renee Larsen has been suffering from one medical condition after another since she contracted COVID-19 back in March 2020.

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06 July 2022 Wednesday 18:24
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Patients with COVID for long periods struggle to receive benefits: "We are left behind"

Renee Larsen has been suffering from one medical condition after another since she contracted COVID-19 back in March 2020.

Larsen said that he had suffered a stroke. Larsen said that she has had blood clots in both of her legs. "I've experienced paralysis in my right hand three times."

She claims that her 22-year career as a human resource professional was ended by fatigue and debilitating symptoms.

She said, "When I was struck by chronic fatigue, my whole world changed."

She was unable to work and lost her job. She was unable to pay her bills and lost her home. Now, she lives with a friend. She spends her time seeing each doctor.

Larsen stated, "Everyone has their own view." "Every doctor, I have 23 doctors. Before this, I had only asthma. This has made a huge difference in my life."

Although there is not a universal definition of long COVID, there are over 200 symptoms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one fifth of COVID-19 patients will experience long lasting symptoms that can last for months or even years.

CBS News' Dr. Ted Long said that some of the most common symptoms he sees are: brain fog, fatigue and depression, as well as shortness of breath. "But I do see patients who have less common symptoms, such as hair loss.

Larsen is fighting for insurance benefits. Larsen claims she has been denied disability benefits by both her employer and Social Security. Joshua Ben, Attorney for COVID-19, said that his clients are often treated with suspicion.

CBS News' Ben said that many people suffer from a variety of symptoms. However, they don't show up in the testing. "Social Security is looking for objective testing. It's very difficult.

Larsen stated that she is feeling forgotten.

She said, "We're left behind." "I believe that we are the forgotten people of COVID at the moment. We are survivors and tell our stories of how we got here.

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