Tidelands Health creates program to help COVID-19 ‘long-haulers’

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – COVID-19 “Long Distance Drivers” May Finally Get The Help They Need.

Tidelands Health has just launched a new program that aims to bring people who have had COVID-19 longer than normal back to the life they had before they became ill for longer.

Doctors from Tidelands Health said this program is designed to cure not only physical but also psychological problems.

With the Tidelands Health Post-COVID-19 Recovery Program, long-haul drivers will work with a family doctor and care navigator who will coordinate care and serve as a resource for education and support.

From there, the care team is expanded to include specialists who focus on the long-term symptoms of a patient.

Dr. Lisa Centelli, a COVID-19 long distance driver who also works at Tidelands Health, had multiple symptoms.

“I presented with just a slight cough and it quickly escalated to shortness of breath, tiredness and dizziness,” said Centilli.

Her symptoms persisted even after she later tested negative for COVID-19.

“I just get so weak I couldn’t get out of bed,” she said.

The program created by Tidelands Health is designed to help people like Centilli.

“We will help them get in touch with other patients if they want to communicate in any way, and also have providers who will see other patients with it and explain to them that ‘listen, you are not alone’,” said Dr . William Epperson of Tidelands Health.

This program is available to everyone, not just current Tidelands Health patients. Those interested can find information on how to participate at click here.

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