People all round the world are recounting their experiences with “long COVID” — a state of illness that lasts weeks or months longer than doctors expect. during a recent BMJ webinar, specialists have discussed how best to support people during this situation.

In a recent BMJ webinar, specialists have discussed long COVID and suggested ways forward for healthcare practitioners.
As a recent Medical News Today feature has highlighted, an increasing number of individuals round the world have reported lasting illness following confirmed or suspected infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

The symptoms involved — often extreme fatigue and fever — persist for several weeks or months after they’re alleged to have disappeared.

This phenomenon is now often dubbed long COVID, and therefore the people affected sometimes call themselves “long-haulers.”

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Besides explaining how the lingering symptoms have drastically reduced their quality of life, long-haulers also note that, more often than not, healthcare practitioners are at a loss on the way to provide support.

To begin to deal with this gap in medical care , some specialists are drafting new guidelines for doctors.

In a BMJ webinar that happened at the beginning of September, six specialists from the uk and Germany came together to debate the simplest approaches to the diagnosis, management, and prognosis of long COVID.

They were: Prof. Paul Garner, from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine; Prof. Nisreen Alwan, from the University of Southampton; Prof. Trish Greenhalgh, from the University of Oxford; Dr. Valentina Puntmann, from University Hospital Frankfurt; Prof. Nicholas Peters, from Imperial College London; and Prof. Tim Spector, from King’s College London.

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