Medical Director

Adair County Health Department

Medical Director's Corner

These past 2 years as we navigated through the devastating effects of the novel COVID-19 virus and its variants, most of the information and data that we concerned ourselves with were the acute complications and deaths it caused. As COVID-19 continues to abate, we are now examining the long-term effects this deadly virus has had on those who were infected. Medical professionals saw from the beginning that side effects from acute infection such as pulmonary scarring, neurological complications from a stroke, and cardiac damage with heart failure, to name a few, are some of the more severe lingering effects; often sequela of severe COVID-19 infection. However, there are a large group of previously infected persons that exhibit more subtle yet equally disturbing effects which have been termed, long COVID.