It’s a challenging road to recovery for Londoners suffering long COVID – CBC

An estimated 1.4 million Canadians have long COVID, according to researchers

May 12, 2023

When Londoner Christina Lepore contracted COVID-19 in December, she was expecting a sore throat and cough.

Instead, the 52-year-old single mother says she’s been bedridden for five months, unable to walk or eat alone, and is now dependent on a walker and wheelchair.

“My entire world has been flipped upside down,” said Lepore, who was hospitalized for 11 days with COVID-19 complications and lost 50 pounds due to vomiting.

She is one of 1.4 million Canadians living with long COVID, navigating a long road of persistent symptoms and need for healthcare supports. Yet, Ontario’s lack of a long COVID strategy has come under fire, with critics stating some long COVID clinics are at risk of closure and could lead to patients having little or no assistance.

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