There is still so much to grapple with when it comes to COVID-19 and the workplace. That’s why we have partnered with MedHealth and IPAR to bring you ‘bite size’ summaries of some of the most pertinent research in the medical industry, and in particular what the experts are saying about COVID-19 and its ongoing impact in, and on, the workplaces of Australia.

Read the fourth edition of the COVID Matters newsletter.

Articles from Issue 04

What is Long COVID and How Should We Manage It?

Patients who contracted COVID-19 pneumonia as part of the first wave of the pandemic and were treated in a large teaching hospital in England, were followed up for information in relation to ongoing symptoms via telehealth. 86% of patients reported at least one residual symptom at follow up, which was not necessarily correlated with the severity of acute COVID-19 infection. The findings encourage further review of biopsychosocial factors that may play a greater role in its presentation.

Attributes and predictors of long COVID 

There is little evidence on the prevalence, risk factors and whether it is possible to predict who may be vulnerable to long COVID.

The researchers analysed the data from an App to track COVID-19 symptoms from positive individuals across the UK, US and Sweden. Results demonstrated that the strongest predictors of long COVID were increasing age and the number of symptoms in the first week.

Managing the long-term effects of COVID-19

NICE developed rapid guidelines on identifying, assessment and managing the long-term effects of COVID-19, commonly known as “long COVID”. Long COVID refers to symptoms that persist longer than four weeks.

Multidisciplinary outpatient rehabilitation of persistent symptoms of COVID-19

Following a COVID-19 infection, most patients expect to make a recovery in weeks. However, there is growing evidence that some patients have persistent symptoms of fatigue, shortness of breath and cognitive impairment, months after infection.

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