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Long COVID: with one in three patients back in hospital after three months, where are the treatments?

By Mark Toshner, Lecturer in Translational Respiratory Medicine, University of Cambridge
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The pace of acute therapy and vaccine development for COVID have been dizzying. But even as we hope a route to bringing the pandemic under control is within sight, we’re now facing the possibility of another urgent public health emergency thanks to what’s known as long COVID, a group of symptoms that last long after the initial infection. With such a potential crisis looming, it is reasonable to ask what we are doing about it, and why treatments don’t appear to be forthcoming.

There are a few reasons why the long COVID story may pan out differently. Let’s take the first problem: long…

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