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A public health agency is attempting to determine how many Canadians are suffering from ‘long COVID’

A public health agency is attempting to determine how many Canadians suffer with 'long COVID.'

Key Takeaways:

  • Federal authorities are trying to establish how many Canadians are suffering from “long COVID” as experts learn more about the virus’s odd side effects.
  • According to the PHAC, fatigue, memory problems, worry, melancholy, and even post-traumatic stress disorder are among the most prevalent.
  • According to Tam, there is some evidence that COVID-19 immunizations provide some protection against extended COVID, but additional research is needed.

As experts discover more about the virus’s strange side effects, federal authorities seek to figure out how many Canadians are suffering from “long COVID.”

The Canada Public Health Agency and Statistics Canada have surveyed to understand how often it is for people to experience long-term symptoms after contracting COVID-19 – something that can be difficult to detect and even more difficult to track.

“We probably predict that the impact of extended COVID would be fairly severe,” said Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer, at a press conference on Friday.

The implications of lengthy COVID, also known as a post-COVID-19 syndrome, are little understood, as is how to identify it.

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According to the public health department, more than 100 symptoms related to the illness have been reported.

According to PHAC, fatigue, memory issues, anxiety, sadness, and even post-traumatic stress disorder are among the most common.

Because of the vast range of symptoms and the fact that few jurisdictions undertake recorded COVID-19 tests, it’s impossible to say how many people are still struggling with the effects of an infection.

According to early estimates from the World Health Organization, 10 to 20% of those infected with the virus would develop long-term COVID symptoms. More recent research, according to Tam, suggests the figure could be as high as 50%.

A public health agency is attempting to determine how many Canadians suffer with 'long COVID.'
A public health agency is attempting to determine how many Canadians suffer with ‘long COVID.’ Image from CTV News

“Long COVID symptoms can be extremely wide and non-specific, so you might get varied replies depending on the questions and the questionnaire,” Tam explained.

The survey’s goal is to provide public health professionals with a general knowledge of how many people are affected by lengthy COVID, as well as pinpoint whether certain geographic places or segments of the population are being disproportionately affected, she said.

According to Tam, there is some evidence that COVID-19 vaccinations provide some protection against extended COVID, but more research is needed.

Source: CBC News

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