Though scientists and doctors around the world have been studying its effects for months, there is still a lot we don’t know about COVID-19. For one thing, though the virus seems to affect older people and those with certain conditions more severely than others, doctors cannot yet predict if someone who tests positive for the disease will experience relatively mild symptoms for a week or two or if they will end up in the hospital with their life in danger.
The future of COVID-19’s effects is unclear
Another thing we do not understand yet is the virus’ long-term effects on survivors. Some people who have gone through the illness have recovered and now seem to be in perfect health. For others, their symptoms have lingered for months. According to the Mayo Clinic, common long-term symptoms that some patients have had trouble shaking include:
- Joint pain
- Shortness of breath
Since COVID-19 is a brand-new virus, we don’t know yet why it seems to linger for some patients but not others. Nor do we know if there will be patients whose symptoms last for years.
Too sick to go back to work
What we do know is that COVID-19 symptoms have forced numerous people in Charleston and across West Virginia to stop working until they recover. It could be that many people will be too sick to go back to their jobs for several years, possibly even the rest of their lives. Breathing problems and chronic pain could make it impossible to find comparable work that they could handle, as well.
People who have become disabled permanently or long-term due to COVID-19 may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. As we discussed in this blog before, your strongest case may be to draw a connection between COVID-19 and a chronic underlying condition, like acute respiratory distress syndrome, that the Social Security Administration already knows about and understands.