As Covid-19 transmission rates seemingly decline across the European Region, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge has expressed health concerns over “long-Covid” or “post-Covid” symptoms.
“The disability following SARS-CoV-2 infection lingers on for months with severe social, economic, health and occupational consequences,” said Kluge, who identified the issue as “a clear priority for WHO, and of the utmost importance.”
According to Kluge, a total of 38 million infection cases had been registered in the European Region since the pandemic began, and “one in ten Covid-19 sufferers remain unwell after 12 weeks, and many for much longer”.
“Yet stories of those who should have ‘recovered’, but whose lives were still affected by debilitating symptoms soon emerged. Regrettably, some were met with disbelief or lack of understanding,” said Kluge.