The World Health Organization calls for greater research, recognition and rehabilitation for Long COVID sufferers as it brings experts together to share insights into the little-understood condition.
The WHO holds the first in a planned series of seminars aimed at expanding understanding of post-COVID conditions, which hears not only from scientists and doctors but also from sufferers themselves.
Little is known about why some people, after coming through the acute phase of COVID-19, struggle to recover and suffer ongoing symptoms, including tiredness and brain fog as well as cardiac and neurological disorders.
Studies suggest that potentially one in 10 cases may have prolonged symptoms one month after infection — meaning millions may be suffering from ongoing illness.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says that with attention around the coronavirus pandemic turning towards vaccination campaigns, “Long COVID should not fall through the cracks.”
He says the impact of Long COVID on society and the economy is starting to become clear, and for those reasons, “people start to listen” beyond the medical community.