N.L. government, health authority won’t talk about treatment plan for long COVID patients – CBC

Long COVID estimated to have affected 15,000 to 20,000 N.L. residents since end of 2021

Apr 25, 2023

Despite warnings from Canada’s chief science adviser that long COVID could be a “mass disabling event,” it remains unclear whether Newfoundland and Labrador’s government or health authority has any plans to address the condition.

What is clear is that it’s affecting thousands of people in the province, says infectious diseases researcher Tara Moriarty.

She says it’s likely that, so far, somewhere between 15,000 and 20,000 people in the province developed COVID-19 symptoms since December 2021 that have lasted longer than three months.

“We’re still looking at a really substantial number of people in Newfoundland and Labrador who probably developed long COVID in the last year or so,” said Moriarty, who leads an organization called COVID-19 Resources Canada, which provides a weekly forecast about the risk of COVID-19 in different regions.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/government-health-authority-silent-on-long-covid-1.6820139

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