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Long Covid clinic wait times blow out to five months as Australia’s health experts call for national approach

Hospitals across the country are bracing for increased demand for specialised treatment and rehabilitation after winter Omicron wave

Waiting lists at long Covid rehabilitation clinics have blown out to more than five months, as experts call for a nationally coordinated approach to managing the condition.

An estimated 5% to 12% of people infected with Covid go on to develop long Covid symptoms – which in Australia could amount to more than 1 million people. Hospital clinics are bracing for an increase in demand from people still experiencing symptoms more than 12 weeks after an initial diagnosis.

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