Long COVID Care for Older Adults in Community After COVID-19 Infection: A Case Study

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Pramote Thangkratok
Kwansiri Promin
Natchaya Palacheewa
Patcharatida Pinrat


Patients with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection, had signs and symptoms that can last for 6 to 7 months or more after recovery from acute phase. Long COVID referred to physical and mental symptoms persist for more than 12 weeks after acute phase. Common physical symptoms include fatigue, muscle weakness, shortness of breath, cough, joint pain, chest pain, and cognitive dysfunction. Common mental symptoms include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, and insomnia. This article presented a case study of long COVID care for the older adults in community after COVID-19 infection, a 76-year old Thai male living in a community. The results showed that the patient who had the long COVID symptoms including muscle weakness, dyspnea on exertion, anxiety, and poor social relationship. Care management for patient and caregiver, including health education on symptoms management, exercise enhancement, promoting ambulation, pulmonary rehabilitation, and home health care. The evaluation showed that the patient can be able to walk with walker, reduced dyspnea, and decreased anxiety. Furthermore, relationship with other more people improved.


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Thangkratok, P., Promin, K., Palacheewa, N., & Pinrat, P. (2022). Long COVID Care for Older Adults in Community After COVID-19 Infection: A Case Study. Ramathibodi Medical Journal, 45(2), 28–42. https://doi.org/10.33165/rmj.2022.45.2.255733
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