The Ford government is expected to announce a strategy and funding soon for patients with medium- and long-term symptoms of the coronavirus, says Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore.
Without giving details, Dr. Moore said the province is working to develop a clear definition of the phenomenon called long-lasting COVID-19 or post-COVID syndrome, in addition to establishing protocols for treating symptoms.
Dr. Moore said that hospitals have submitted their proposals on this subject to Public Health Ontario, the objective being to put in place guidelines for practitioners.
” We are trying to create a standardized definition of what long COVID is, what are the main symptoms – whether neurological, cardiac or respiratory – and what the treatment protocols should be. »
He adds that the province must determine what tests a patient should undergo to confirm the diagnosis and what additional care should be offered to these patients such as physiotherapy and rehabilitation.
Still sick after 1 month
Earlier this month, Ontario’s Scientific Advisory Panel on COVID-19, an expert panel the province has now disbanded, recommended that the Ford government have a long COVID plan.
These experts considered a patient who was still suffering from symptoms at least 4 to 12 weeks after infection to have long COVID.
The prevalence of this health problem among infected people ranges from 2% to 54% depending on the criteria used to define it, the Advisory Group noted.
Dr. Moore says the province is evaluating scientific data from around the world to identify the best approaches and treatments. He adds that he recently participated in a forum on the issue of US public health authorities (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).