In the columns of Courrier International, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director of the WHO, asks the world to act against the “devastating” effects of the long Covid.

Diarrhea, abdominal pain, abdominal bloating and dyspepsia, nausea…Covid long ‘married’ affected patients and its effects are ‘devastating’ in the words of the WHO director.

2 million French people may be affected by the long Covid

According to a recent estimate, 2 million French people may be affected by the long Covid (source Public Health France). About 4% of French adults and 30% of those who have been infected with Covid say they suffer from long-term Covid ailments.

Positive at the start, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus explains: “The pandemic has become less serious thanks to the introduction of several life-saving mechanisms and we see the light at the end of the tunnel, but the impact of the long Covid in all countries is very serious and requires immediate action“.

Governments must invest in their health systems to deal with the long Covid

The director of the WHO then talks about ‘a ‘very serious’ crisis for the planet and adds that ‘governments must invest in their health systems to deal with it (if Covid is long, ed. note)’. “This plan must go through immediate access to antivirals offered to patients at risk of a severe form, through investment in research and through immediate sharing of knowledge and tools to better prevent, detect and treat the disease. It must also provide medical and psychological support for patients and financial support in case of incapacity.“.

A drama…

For Ghebreyesus, the tragedy remains that some people will be affected all their lives by the long Covid; ‘but how long can this disease, which ‘destroys’ the lives of millions of people, last?”, asks the director of the WHO.