Not enough is being done to help patients with long COVID symptoms, says Dr. Eric Topol, a senior author on a recent review article published in Nature Reviews Microbiology.
At least 65 million people worldwide have suffered from long COVID, according to researchers. Symptoms include heart problems, blood clots, fatigue, trouble breathing, autoimmune disorders, and even diabetes. But not much has been done to help patients who experience long COVID, says Topol. Topol said patients know more than doctors about long COVID. “There isn’t any question of that. Unfortunately, today, too many people who have bona fide long COVID, who are suffering — they’ll go to a doctor, and the doctor will just dismiss it,” he told NPR.