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‘Weak’ political leadership putting Australians at risk of long Covid unknowns, AMA says

Peak medical body says mask mandates should be considered and calls for ‘plan that relies on more than vaccination’

The Australian Medical Association has blasted “weak political leadership” in the current response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying governments should reconsider mask mandates to address a feared rise in long Covid cases.

The peak doctor’s body has called for more funding into research and treatment of the long-term lingering symptoms of Covid, claiming the nation’s health system is not equipped to manage chronic conditions on a large scale. One expert warned 1 million Australians could experience long Covid by 2023.

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