Canada and Long Covid
The government of Canada still has yet to provide any definitive guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of Long Covid. Hundreds of thousands of Canadians of all ages across the country are suffering from the devastating and debilitating sequela. The lack of diagnostic guidelines and common knowledge of Long Covid prevents those impacted to have equitable access to health care and disability benefits (both private and federal programs). Long Covid clinics are sparse throughout the country and non-existent in some provinces. Clinics are inaccessible to those who were unable to obtain testing early on in the pandemic and for those who had an asymptomatic primary Covid infection or their Long Covid symptoms began far beyond the efficacy of PCR testing.
There are no financial supports or programs available to those who have Long Covid. Studies show that one in three of those infected with Covid, regardless of severity, age or underlying conditions, will go on to have symptoms past 12 weeks.
Here we present what other countries and health authorities are doing for their citizens living with Long Covid.