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UAMS opened a clinic in Fayetteville for patients with symptoms of COVID-19 for weeks or months after their diagnosis, a condition known as long COVID.
The UAMS Health Neighborhood Clinic at 1125 N. College Ave. was created after doctors started seeing former COVID patients return with persistent symptoms, such as shortness of breath, muscle aches, coughing, fatigue, loss of taste or smell, or difficulty concentrating.
The clinic offers in-depth assessments from a multidisciplinary team of students and healthcare providers trained in fields ranging from physical therapy to radiation therapy sciences.
Clinic director Dr. Sheena CarlLee said even patients who had mild symptoms when they tested positive can develop other symptoms months later that may be linked to their COVID-19 infection.
“We see patients with a wide variety of symptoms that require a unique treatment regimen,” she said in a press release. “We treat the whole patient.”
A recent Brookings Institution Report estimates that 2-4 million people are excluded from the labor force due to the long duration of COVID, making the disease a bigger driver of the national labor shortage than previously thought .