Long COVID Care Program (LCCP)
What is Long COVID?
COVID-19 is known to make patients seriously ill during an active infection, but it can also cause lasting symptoms. For some people, symptoms can last weeks or even months. These patients have seemed to recover from the worst impacts of COVID-19 and test negative for an active virus, but they still experience symptoms. This is sometimes referred to as Long COVID.
Lasting symptoms most commonly include the following:
- Fatigue or tiredness
- Shortness of breath
- Joint pain
- Chest pain
Other reported symptoms may include the following:
- Difficulty with thinking and concentration (sometimes referred to as "brain fog")
- Muscle pain
- Intermittent fever
- Fast-beating or pounding heart, or palpitations
Less common, but more serious, long-term complications have been reported that may affect different organ systems within the body.
Who can get Long COVID?
Researchers estimate about 10 percent of COVID-19 patients have long-lasting effects from the illness.
This condition can affect anyone – old and young, otherwise healthy people and those battling other conditions. It has been seen in those who were hospitalized with COVID-19 as well as patients with very mild symptoms.
What services are available to me if I think I have Long COVID?
The Hawaii Pacific Health Long COVID Care Program (LCCP) supports patients experiencing symptoms of Long COVID.
Clinicians connect with patients through telephone and video visits to provide regular monitoring and coordinate care with patients’ primary care providers to manage symptoms and provide referrals to specialists for ongoing care if needed.
Specialists may include neurologists, pulmonologists, psychologists, cardiologists, infectious disease, pediatrics, social work and more.
How do I get into the LCCP?
Please talk with your primary care provider to see if the LCCP could benefit you.
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Hawaii Pacific Health COVID-19 Employer Hotline
The Hawaii Pacific Health COVID-19 Employer hotline is a resource for Hawaii employers who have questions about how to manage workplace situations related to COVID-19, including what to do if an employee tests positive and how to manage exposures in the workplace.
Business owners and employers can call the hotline to speak with Hawaii Pacific Health physicians who can provide expert guidance for various situations including, but not limited to, the following:
- What to do if employees have been exposed to COVID-19 in the workplace.
- What to do if one or more employees tests positive for COVID-19.
- How to determine when it’s safe for employees to return to work.
- How to assure the workplace environment is appropriate for employees to return to work.
With community spread of COVID-19 in Hawaii, particularly on Oahu, many businesses have employees who are testing positive, and employers may not be familiar with best practices or the appropriate health and safety guidelines to help prevent and reduce transmission among employees and to maintain or safely resume business operations. Hawaii Pacific Health physicians are available to answer these questions based on the employer’s specific situation.
Employers seeking guidance and clarification from health care experts may call the hotline at 808-763-2720 (this is not a toll-free number; long distance charges may apply from the neighbor islands). The hotline is open daily from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.