Clune calls for further measures to support long COVID patients
The report, structured around four pillars, offers a comprehensive roadmap for Europe’s future, addressing key aspects such as health, democracy, social impact, and the EU’s global role.
One significant aspect of the report is its recognition of the long-term effects of COVID-19, commonly known as long COVID, and its recommendations to support those suffering from this condition.
“Long COVID is an often-overlooked consequence of the pandemic, affecting countless individuals who continue to suffer from persistent symptoms and health complications, particularly health and social care workers. There is a lack of understanding and attention given to such autoimmune diseases, therefore it is crucial that we recognise and address the challenges faced by these individuals,” Clune stated.
“Continued research, investment, and improved medical and psychological support systems are needed to provide them with the necessary resources and assistance on their road to recovery.
“The report calls on the European Commission to increase the Horizon Europe funding for clinical trials in this area. Furthermore, measures such as extended sickness allowances and access to social benefit schemes may be required.”
“By promoting greater awareness, research, and targeted policies, we can provide the necessary medical resources to support long COVID patients. By reflecting on the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, we can equip ourselves with the knowledge and insight necessary to face future crises head-on.”