Primary Care is the Likely "Home" for Long COVID Care: A Conversation with AAFP Board Chair Sterling Ransone, Jr, MD

AAFP Board Chair Ransone points to recent data that show two-thirds of long COVID patients are already treated in primary care settings.

In a recent American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) blog post, AAFP Board Chair Sterling Ransone, Jr, MD, cited data showing that two-thirds of a large population of people with long COVID are being treated in a primary care setting. By some estimates as many as 23 million Americans may experience some of the varied, multisystem, long-term effects of infection with SARS-CoV-2.

Ransone, a family physician in rural Virginia, spoke with Patient Care® about his experience with his own patients coping with long COVID, how he approaches the symptoms, and when he relies on specialist colleagues.

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Sterling Ransone, Jr, MD, is board chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a clinical assistant professor of medicine and population health at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. He is the physician practice director at Riverside Fishing Bay Family Practice in Deltaville, VA.