DERBY — Like thousands of other people, Pamela R. Lopes tested positive for COVID-19 in January 2022. But while others recovered, Lopes didn’t.

Months passed and her symptoms persisted, she said.

“I’m still coughing profusely, I’m still in a lot of pain, I still have muscle weakness ... still extremely tired,” she said.

Lopes, 65, of Woodbridge, is one of an estimated 7.5 percent of U.S. adults who suffer from what is called long COVID, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The lingering after effects of a COVID-19 infection, long COVID symptoms include memory issues, fatigue and even depression and anxiety.

While many people make a quick recovery from the illness, and are much likelier to do so when vaccinated, Lopes continues to struggle with daily activities.

A new program, though, is offering help for people like Lopes. On Aug. 4, Griffin Health announced a new physical therapy program to treat long COVID symptoms.

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