From the Foreword: "Over the past year the world has tracked the progress of the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic using data on cases and deaths. Yet we now know that these provide only a partial picture. Many people struggle to recover from the acute infection, suffering often disabling symptoms that last weeks or months and, in some cases, with disabilities that are likely to be very long lasting. Our understanding of this new condition, now termed Long COVID [coronavirus disease], is growing rapidly. For this, we owe a great deal to many people, but especially to those affected who have come together to document, analyse and report on the complex nature of this condition and its impact on their lives, as well as the health professionals, in some cases themselves suffering from Long COVID, who have initiated important research projects. This policy brief seeks to raise awareness of Long COVID and to provide a resource for those in decision-making roles, setting out in basic terms what we know about this condition and what the policy options are for developing a response that leaves no one behind."
World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, Policy Brief 39
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