‘This is real’: Alberta doctors warn long COVID is not a trivial risk – CBC

1.4M Canadian adults have experienced post-COVID symptoms, survey shows

Oct 18, 2022

Specialists who treat long COVID patients are urging Albertans to take the threat of infection seriously as worries grow about yet another COVID-19 surge in this province.

A national survey by Statistics Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada shows 14.8 per cent of Canadian adults who either tested positive for COVID or suspected an infection reported having symptoms at least three months later.

That translates into about 1.4 million people, or 4.6 per cent of Canadians 18 and up.

“This is a risk. And it’s not a trivial risk,” said Dr. Grace Lam, a respirologist and a co-director of Edmonton’s long COVID clinic.

She’s watched as the post-COVID symptoms her patients experience have evolved through the pandemic.

“There’s a lot more profound brain fog.… It seems to be that neurologic symptoms have become more prevalent.… Fatigue and shortness of breath still [are] quite predominant.”

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/alberta-long-covid-1.6620354

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