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The Implications of Long COVID

Long COVID ― a general term for the continuation or appearance of symptoms weeks or months after someone is infected with COVID-19 ― is a serious public health concern with major implications for the delivery of health care services long after the pandemic is over. According to an article in the BMJ (the British Medical Journal), approximately 10% of people experience prolonged illness after COVID-19. Some researchers believe the number of long-haul COVID patients could be as high as 30%. Given those numbers, combined with the lack of current knowledge about the duration of long COVID symptoms or why they occur, pressure will only increase on hospitals and health systems already stretched to the limit by the pandemic. At least 6 specialized clinics have popped up across Canada in the past year to treat the needs of long-haul patients. An expert panel will discuss what we know so far about long COVID, provide an update on long COVID clinics, and share their views on what needs to be done to ensure quality of care as the number of “long haulers” grows.

Panel: Dr. Angela Cheung, University of Toronto and Co-lead of CANCOV (Canadian COVID-19 Prospective Cohort Study)
Dr. Jesse Greiner, Providence Health Care
Dr. Emilia Liana Falcone, Université de Montréal Gino De Angelis, CADTH (moderator)

When:

October 13th, 2021
1:00 PM (ET)

Where:

ONLINE

Who:

  • General public

Key topics:

  • What we know so far about long COVID
  • Update on long COVID clinics
  • What needs to be done to ensure quality of care as the number of “long haulers” grows

For more information and to register, click here.

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