- Dr. Nisha Viswanathan, Director, UCLA Long COVID Program
- Dr. Jose Luis Perez, Chief Medical Officer, South Central Family Health Center
- Michelle Burroughs, MPH, Director of Community Engagement and Outreach, UC Riverside School of Medicine’s Center for Healthy Communities
Long COVID has potentially affected up to 23 million Americans, and left 1 million people permanently unable to work, according to a recent report from the US Government Accountability Office. A study released earlier this month in the scientific journal Nature concludes that nearly half of patients who suffered from symptomatic Covid have not recovered several months later.
At this briefing, speakers will address:
- The role of vaccines in mitigating long COVID
- Symptoms of long COVID and managing them
- Disparities in the delivery of care to vulnerable populations. Could proper treatment in the first stages of infection possibly prevent long COVID? Is lack of access to antiviral medications contributing to the high number of lower-income people suffering from long COVID?
- Are certain communities more vulnerable? Are genetics and underlying conditions involved?