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Every single day I obtain e-mails from folks with Lengthy COVID determined for assist. I’ve mates, household, and colleagues who’ve Lengthy COVID or related situations. My mom has lived with POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) for over a decade-it usually dictates what we are able to and can’t do as a household. I personally know what it looks like for a medical prognosis to instantly upend one’s life for an undetermined period of time.

I’ve been doing this work since Might 2022. A devoted staff has labored exhausting to create a brand new Workplace of Lengthy COVID Analysis and Observe, launch the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Lengthy COVID, rent our inaugural Director, and work with a whole bunch of passionate colleagues inside and out of doors of presidency. We’re deeply dedicated to fixing the problem of Lengthy COVID.

Right this moment on Lengthy COVID Consciousness Day we acknowledge the tens of hundreds of thousands of Individuals impacted by Lengthy COVID. We acknowledge the clinicians and researchers which are working to know and deal with Lengthy COVID. We acknowledge those that battle for solutions. We see you.

Right this moment we launch a new report that lays out our targets and aims for this work and the way we give it some thought. We see this work falling into 5 domains: analysis, scientific observe, helps and providers, public schooling, and coordination. Under are my reflections on every area. Learn the total report for extra particulars.


Lengthy COVID is complicated. When Lengthy COVID was first acknowledged, and analysis started, we lacked a elementary understanding of the total scientific spectrum and causes of Lengthy COVID—we didn’t know why folks weren’t getting higher. Earlier than the RECOVER Initiative even began amassing samples, the Nationwide Institutes of Well being (NIH) designed a complete infrastructure to assist collaboration between completely different authorities regulatory companies, scientific steering boards, affected person advocacy teams, and educational establishments to assist the upcoming work and design a system that may most successfully seize significant outcomes. Subsequent, RECOVER essentially spent effort and time amassing observational information from examine individuals (e.g., asking them questions on their signs and amassing biospecimens like blood and saliva) to raised perceive the illness and its impacts on folks’s lives, and discover important clues to the underlying causes of Lengthy COVID. These clues have in flip helped develop scientific trials for therapies, cures, and methods to stop Lengthy COVID.

Lengthy COVID is new, however we’re not ranging from scratch. RECOVER, different federally funded analysis initiatives at Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, the Division of Veterans Affairs, and the Division of Protection will not be ranging from scratch. The analysis group is constructing on efforts to know different an infection related persistent situations that additionally affect the physique in complicated, exhausting to know, and certain associated methods. An advocate engaged on myalgic encephalomyelitis and persistent fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) for many years advised me that she now, for the primary time, believed that we’d discover solutions to assist folks. NIH researchers inform me they’ve by no means seen something like RECOVER. With Lengthy COVID, now we have the chance and accountability to lastly perceive why some infections go away some folks so sick for thus lengthy.

Scientific Observe

Healthcare suppliers wish to assist sufferers with Lengthy COVID. But we all know they face each day sensible challenges. Care coordination throughout a number of specialties is troublesome with out the best assist. Reimbursement fashions don’t account for the time wanted with every affected person and the typically complicated and various assessments that have to be carried out. Lengthy COVID clinics have emerged to fulfill this demand, however we proceed to listen to about lengthy wait instances and lack of entry, particularly for rural populations. Because of this, healthcare analysis companies inside HHS are funding tasks to check what prime quality care seems like for folks with Lengthy COVID and learn how to increase entry past Lengthy COVID clinics. Different companies are working with Group Well being Facilities to use finest practices to deal with the populations most impacted by the pandemic. CDC gives data for clinicians and suggestions for sufferers to talk to clinicians. Supplier associations have began to publish steering for suppliers. We’re forming linkages between researchers and clinicians to hurry translation of analysis findings to implementation and for scientific observe to tell analysis.

Providers and Helps

Lengthy COVID analysis is underway. Clinicians are studying and growing new fashions of care. The very fact stays that individuals affected by Lengthy COVID need assistance as we speak. We all know that Lengthy COVID can affect all points of an individual’s life—their potential to work, examine, maintain themselves and their households, and luxuriate in life. It’s important to proceed the providers and helps that may assist folks interact of their each day actions. In 2022 we launched a report that pointed to federal applications that may assist assist folks throughout all levels of life. Nonetheless, many individuals with newly developed Lengthy COVID could not understand they’re eligible for lodging and protections below federal regulation if their situation impacts their potential to hold out a number of of your each day life actions. Quite a few federal companies are working to make sure that these with Lengthy COVID are conscious of their rights and have entry to lodging that permit them to proceed to reside their lives.


Whereas Lengthy COVID is on my thoughts most the entire time, and public consciousness appears to be growing, we nonetheless have to unfold the phrase. Public well being schooling campaigns are working to tell folks that COVID-19 may cause Lengthy COVID, however we nonetheless need assistance getting the phrase out. We additionally have to proceed to unfold prevention messages. So long as persons are contaminated with COVID-19, some folks will progress to Lengthy COVID. And repeat infections enhance your danger of Lengthy COVID. Fortunately, early analysis findings counsel that vaccination for and remedy of COVID-19 reduces your danger of Lengthy COVID.


Collaboration is essential to addressing Lengthy COVID. The results of Lengthy COVID are far reaching, and subsequently so is our work. We work with a whole bunch of colleagues throughout federal authorities departments and companies, and practically as many non-governmental companions. Working collectively permits us to share experience, information, information, and sources. It additionally ensures that various views are represented. It’s not straightforward or quick, however it’s crucial. We hearken to all of it—the assist and the criticism—and it helps us do our jobs higher.

This report displays our present pondering on Lengthy COVID, and the actions the federal authorities is endeavor to fulfill the targets and aims laid out right here. The federal authorities continues to play a essential function on this work, however we’ll by no means have the ability to remedy this problem alone. In case you are studying this, please end up within the work and be part of us.

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Hector Antonio Guzman German

Graduado de Doctor en medicina en la universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo en el año 2004. Luego emigró a la República Federal de Alemania, dónde se ha formado en medicina interna, cardiologia, Emergenciologia, medicina de buceo y cuidados intensivos.

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