Wark told Xinhua news agency on Friday that while many issues surrounding Covid have long remained unclear, the impact could be significant.
It is estimated that the number of people living with Covid for a long time could be as high as 1.4 million with possible symptoms such as brain fog, fatigue or headaches.
Wark added that this multitude of complex symptoms makes Covid a difficult condition to monitor, study and treat, and that there is no single test that can diagnose it. However, Xinhua news agency reported that vaccination did not reduce the risk of prolonged Covid disease.
He also suggested that medical professionals need to be updated and trained on how to manage Covid in the long term, and also need a coordinated response to deal with mild to severe debilitating symptoms.
Long COVID in Australia
Wark’s attitude is largely shared by researchers from the University of Sydney, as a research paper from the university this week warned Covid could become the most important cause of disability. permanent in Australia.
The paper’s authors from the University of Sydney’s Institute of Infectious Diseases said: “While clinicians are familiar with post-viral or post-infectious syndromes, Covid has long been new. really a mixture of different conditions with different underlying causes”.
The article cites recent data from Britain’s Office for National Statistics, which shows triple vaccination appears to reduce the risk of prolonged Covid disease and the Australian government will also need to provide more clinics. Covid long specialist to prepare for the potential burden in the future.
“While we may not know the best ways to treat all aspects of it, we certainly can’t ignore it,” Wark said.