At first, COVID-19 affected people in one of two ways.
Approximately 80% of people who were diagnosed with COVID-19, ended up with mild to moderate symptoms. Those cases typically resolved in about two weeks.
Another group of people who were diagnosed with COVID-19, approximately 20%, had a severe response to the virus and took anywhere from three to six weeks to recover.
New studies now show many people are suffering a lingering illness following a COVID-19 recovery. In the United States, those people are referred to as “long haulers.”
According to a Harvard study, the most common lasting symptoms are: fatigue, body aches, shortness of breath, difficulty concentrating, inability to exercise, headache and difficulty sleeping.
This new study now states that 10% of all people who have had COVID-19 will experience these prolonged symptoms months after they were infected, and the virus is no longer detected in the body.
At this point there is no clear reason as to why some are suffering longer than others.
Since COVID-19 is a new virus, doctors and researchers are still learning about it.
Some people who are suffering from the long-term effects of COVID-19 may not be able to return to work or remain the same quality of life they had before the virus.
If you find yourself or a loved one in this situation, it is important to know you have options.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides several types of benefits to individuals who are physically or mentally unable to work and need income. This includes Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI.)
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When considering applying for Social Security disability benefits, many wonder if their disabilities are qualifying. Social Security has a strict definition of disability. The main three components to being considered disabled under their rules are the following: you cannot do the work you did before, you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical conditions and your disability has lasted or is expected to last one year or to result in death.
You should apply for Social Security disability benefits as soon as possible. If you become disabled and will be unable to work or your disability is life threatening, do not hesitate to apply. The process for receiving these monthly payments and benefits can take a long time. It is important that you begin the application process early so that you can begin receiving benefits as soon as possible.
If you are considering applying for either SSD or SSI benefits, do not delay. Contact and experienced Social Security Disability Attorney to find out how. Call the Social Security Disability attorneys at Berger and Green at 412-661-1400 for a free no obligation consultation to discuss your claim.