Queensland has experienced an increase in the number of COVID-19 infections in 2022. Research indicates that one of the long-term clinical impacts of a COVID-19 infection can be the development of “Long COVID”. This condition is defined as:
- signs and symptoms that develop during or after an infection consistent with COVID-19,
- continue for more than 12 weeks and
- are not explained by an alternative diagnosis.
Some of the common symptoms identified include fatigue, breathlessness, persistent cough, cognitive dysfunction and mental health impacts. Long COVID can have a debilitating impact on a person’s quality of life, with symptoms often continuing for many months post infection.
The Long COVID community rehabilitation support model of care has been developed to provide a care pathway for consumers experiencing Long COVID.The service will be delivered across the Chronic Disease - Respiratory and Rehab@Home services of Community and Oral Health Services, MSH, in an inter-disciplinary care model that is holistic, flexible and patient centred.