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Long covid: WHO calls on countries to offer patients more rehabilitation

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n405 (Published 10 February 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n405

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  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

The World Health Organization has urged countries to prioritise rehabilitation for the medium and long term consequences of covid-19 and to gather information on “long covid” more systematically.

WHO has produced a standardised form to report clinical data from individual patients after hospital discharge or after their acute illness to examine the medium and long term consequences of covid-19.1 It has also set up technical working groups to build a consensus on the clinical description of what WHO now calls “the post-covid-19 condition” and to define research priorities.

Speaking at the first of a series of seminars, WHO’s director general, Tedros Ghebreyesus, highlighted the “three Rs”—recognition, research, and rehabilitation. …

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