EXPERT RECOMMENDATIONS TO RESPOND TO POST-COVID CONDITION OR LONG-COVID

Dec 14, 2022

By Bob Komsic

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The federal government is being encouraged to come up with a list of criteria to diagnose post-COVID-19 condition or long-COVID as well as guidelines for doctors to treat it.
The 18 recommendations, including strategies to identify and treat patients, track them, reserarch the condition and prevent infections, come from a task force set up in July.
Canada’s chief science adviser Dr. Mona Nemer spells out what needs to be done.
”We need to acknowledge that PCC (post-COVID-condition) is real, that COVID-19 manifests itself as an acute but also as a chronic illness,” adds Nemer.
As of August, nearly 15% of adults who’ve had COVID, experienced symptoms three months or more after their initial infection.
Ottawa’s last budget included $20-million over five-years to research the long-term effects of infections on Canadians, as well as the wider impact of the pandemic on health care systems.
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