At last count, almost 87.3 people in the U.S. have had COVID. Many people feel better within ten days, but some people still have signs of COVID for weeks or months and start to wonder if there’s something else wrong.
While vaccinations have helped protect people, long COVID is affecting an estimated 13% of the population. It can be as high as 30% in people who were hospitalized. If your dad has had COVID and it doesn’t seem to be going away, he should talk to his doctor. How can remote patient monitoring help?
What Is Long COVID?
Long COVID occurs when a person has had COVID for four or more weeks. Symptoms may go away and return, or they may not go away at all. You may start the day feeling fine but go downhill after exertion doing things like a walk around the block or walking up and down the stairs. The common symptoms of long COVID include:
- Brain fog
- Heart palpitations
- Joint pain
- Shortness of breath
As these can also be caused by a number of other health conditions, your dad needs to see his doctor to rule out chronic health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. If no other causes are found and your dad had COVID in the past, he may be dealing with long COVID.
What do you do if your dad has long COVID? His doctor can help you determine the next steps. One thing is clear. He’s going to need support.
Helping Your Dad With Long COVID
What if your dad has Long COVID and you’ve yet to have it? You don’t want to be around him without masking up. You should also look into remote patient monitoring services.
His doctor may advise checking his oxygen saturation levels, especially if he’s coughing a lot or finds it hard to breathe. He can stay at home and check his oxygen levels using medical equipment in his home. Remote patient monitoring services can help him with this.
Your dad can work with a team of caregivers to make sure he’s okay each day. If he’s dealing with depression or anxiety, he has people he can talk to during the day. If things seem to be worsening, you’ll be alerted. You can work with his doctor to determine if he should go to the hospital for treatments or not.
Make sure you arrange remote patient monitoring services while your dad recuperates from COVID. He should have
someone checking in to make sure he’s breathing okay, his fever is managed, and he’s not experiencing complications. Remote patient monitoring can help with all of this.
Amelia Home Care provides traditional Remote Patient Monitoring in Manhattan, NY, along with virtual caregiving and 24-Hour Home Care. Our service area includes; Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, and Westchester County. Call today (929) 333-3955