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Stuart Malcolm, MD, a primary care physician who practices in Oregon and Northern California, started seeing patients with long COVID early in the pandemic. Back then, he was frustrated by the obstacles and lack of standard diagnostic tests and treatments. Four years later, well, he still is.

"Something I learned the last few years is the logistics to get people care is really, really hard," he said. "There's a lot of frustration. It's mostly frustration."

For long COVID doctors and patients, there has been little to no progress addressing the challenges, leaving many discouraged. Researchers and clinicians now have a greater understanding of what health agencies formally call post-COVID condition, but the wide spectrum of symptoms, slow progress in launching pharmacologic clinical trials, and the research toward understanding the underlying causes mean standardized diagnostic tests and definitive treatments remain elusive.

"The frustration is that we aren't able to help everyone with our current knowledge base. And I think the frustration lies not just with us physicians but also with patients because they're at the point where if they tried everything, literally everything and haven't gotten better," said Zijian Chen, MD, director of the Mount Sinai Center for Post-COVID Care in New York City. Head over to Medscape to read the full story.