Ontario Prepares Long COVID Plan | Coronavirus: Ontario
Some patients are still suffering from COVID symptoms weeks or even months after infection (on file).
The Ford government is expected to announce a strategy and plan soon. funding for patients with medium- and long-term symptoms of the coronavirus, says Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore.
Without giving specifics, Dr. Moore said the province is working to develop a clear definition of the phenomenon known as 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 the main symptoms are – whether neurological, cardiac or respiratory – and what the treatment protocols should be.
—Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario
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.
At the start of the month , the Ontario Scientific Advisory Group on COVID-19, an expert panel that the province has now disbanded, had recommended that the Ford government have a long COVID plan.
These experts considered a patient who still had symptoms for at least 4 to 12 weeks after infection to have long-lasting COVID.
The prevalence of this health problem among those infected ranges from 2% to 54% depending on the criteria used to define it, the advisory panel 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).
With information from La Presse canadienne