"Over the past two years, we’ve learned COVID-19 survivors can develop a range
of longer-term symptoms we now call “long COVID”. This includes people who did
not have severe illness initially.
Such longer-term symptoms can affect multiple systems in the body. This can
result in ongoing, severe fatigue plus a wide range of other symptoms,
including pain, as well as breathing, neurological, sleep and mental health
So far, Australia has had far fewer COVID-19 cases than many other nations. But
as we re-open, this situation may change. So we will likely see more long COVID
in the months and years ahead.
Our research, which we posted online as a pre-print and so has yet to be
independently verified, examined the shifting burden of disease of COVID-19 as
Australia re-opens and as high vaccination rates reduce mortality and severe
We show how long COVID will increasingly drive the burden of COVID illness,
even as death rates decline.
We also estimate the likely numbers of long COVID cases we can expect in
Australia over the two years following reopening.
We wrote this briefing paper before the rise of Omicron, the impact of which
we’re yet to fully understand."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics