# Medical Monitor
## A monthly newsletter for health care professionals
Long COVID: A looming challenge for health care
Long COVID is a term used to describe the persistent symptoms and complications that some people experience after recovering from acute COVID-19 infection. These may include fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain, brain fog, anxiety, depression, and more. Long COVID can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or severity of initial illness. It can also impair a person's ability to work, study, socialize, or perform daily activities. Also, it may be fatal for individuals with underlying Cardio-Pulmonary illness.
The exact prevalence and causes of long COVID are still unknown, but some estimates suggest that up to 30% of COVID-19 survivors may develop it. The health impact of long COVID often disrupts a person's ability to engage with school, work, or family life[^1^]. As health care professionals, we need to be aware of this emerging condition and provide appropriate care and support for our patients who suffer from it.
Some strategies that may help us manage long COVID include:
Long COVID is a complex and evolving issue that requires ongoing attention and collaboration among health care professionals. By recognizing its signs and symptoms early on, we can help our patients cope with this challenging condition.
#### Health inequity: A call for action
Health inequity refers to the unfair and avoidable differences in health outcomes, access, quality, and affordability of health care among different groups of people, such as those based on race, ethnicity, gender, income, geography, disability, etc.[^2^] [^3^]
COVID-19 has exposed and exacerbated existing health inequities among marginalized populations, who are more likely to contract, suffer complications, die from, or be denied treatment for COVID-19[^2^] [^3^] [^4^].
These disparities are not only unjust but also costly for society as a whole.
As health care professionals, we have a moral and professional obligation to address health inequity in our practice and organization.
We can do this by:
Health inequity is a complex problem that requires collective action from all stakeholders in society.
By taking these steps, we can contribute to making health care more fair and accessible for everyone.
Omicron is a highly transmissible variant of SARS-CoV-2 that emerged in November 2021 and has since spread to more than 200 countries.
It has several mutations that may affect its ability to evade immunity from previous infection or vaccination, as well as its severity and clinical outcomes.
Some of the latest findings and developments on omicron are: