Long COVID—What Physicians Should Know
Long COVID presents varying and unpredictable symptoms and has no known cure, so with very little information, healthcare providers are facing an uphill battle when it comes to providing adequate care to long COVID patients. The absence of a standard set of interventions leaves healthcare providers vulnerable to liability risks stemming from misdiagnoses—either by not recognizing that the patient has long COVID or by diagnosing long COVID when, in fact, the patient has another serious disease.
Healthcare providers should remain aware of the biggest risks associated with long COVID, what factors can lead to malpractice suits, and how to reduce risk.
The guidelines suggested here are not rules, do not constitute legal advice, and do not ensure a successful outcome. The ultimate decision regarding the appropriateness of any treatment must be made by each healthcare provider considering the circumstances of the individual situation and in accordance with the laws of the jurisdiction in which the care is rendered.