Post–COVID-19 syndrome/condition or long COVID: Persistent illness after acute SARS CoV-2 infection

Nicole Allard*, Alistair Miller, Mark Morgan, Samantha Chakraborty

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Background
Approximately 10 million Australians have had confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection. The waves of infection in the population have been succeeded by smaller waves of people affected by persistent illness following acute infection. Post–COVID-19 symptoms may extend for months following infection. There is a range of symptoms causing mild to debilitating impairment.

Objective
This article summarises what is currently understood about the pathophysiology, risk factors, symptoms and how to approach both the assessment and care of people with post–COVID-19 sequelae.

Discussion
Currently recommended is a person-centred approach from a multidisciplinary team, with general practitioners centrally coordinating care. As the understanding of post-acute COVID-19 is evolving, regularly updated or ‘living guidelines’ will be crucial for those affected to be provided with best care within the health system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)952-957
Number of pages6
Journal Australian Journal of General Practice
Volume51
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022

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