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WHO chief urges immediate action to tackle ‘devastating’ long Covid

By Andrew Gregory

12 Oct 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

In this exclusive Guardian report, we hear about the devastating impact that long Covid is having worldwide. We also discover 5 key suggestions that the WHO chief has made to try to tackle the issue.

Long Covid is “devastating” the lives and livelihoods of tens of millions of people, and wreaking havoc on health systems and economies, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned as he urged countries to launch “immediate” and “sustained” efforts to tackle the “very serious” crisis.

The world has never been in a better position to end the Covid-19 pandemic, but it is also “very clear” that many of those infected by the virus, which first emerged in China in late 2019, are still experiencing “prolonged suffering”, the WHO director general, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said.

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