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What is 'long COVID' and what should Australia be doing about it?

A patient who had severe Covid-19 is discharged from a hospital in Italy. Source: Marco Mantovani/Getty Images

The World Health Organisation says around ten per cent of people infected with the coronavirus will go on to experience ongoing health issues.

 

In February last year, the World Health Organisation said people with mild cases of COVID-19 usually recover within two weeks.

 

Now, over a year later, data shows one in ten continue to experience poor health for months after they first become infected.

 

It's a phenomenon health experts are calling 'long COVID', and it's being reported in harder-hit countries such as the United Kingdom and United States, as more evidence emerges.

Several health experts are warning the long-term impacts of the disease could become an extra burden on the country's health system.

 


 

 

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