Time to team up and tackle Long Covid: WHO expert

2 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Time to team up and tackle Long Covid: WHO expert

It is time to start solving the mystery of Long Covid, an aspect of the pandemic blighting millions of lives, the World Health Organization’s leader on post-Covid conditions told AFP.

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, brain fog, cardiac and neurological disorders.

At this stage of the pandemic, the world is fixated on vaccine roll-out and new, more contagious variants of the coronavirus. However, Long Covid deserves similar urgent attention, said Janet Diaz,     

the clinical care lead in the WHO’s emergencies programme, ahead of a push for a globally-unified approach to the problem.

“We still don’t fully understand what Long Covid is,” Diaz told AFP in an interview outside the WHO’s headquarters in Geneva.


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