It’s time to stop saying ‘long COVID’, says top doctor

Queensland's Chief Health Officer says the term wrongly implies that the post-acute sequelae of COVID-19 were 'unique'
Rachel Fieldhouse
John Gerrard, Chief Health Officer of Queensland.

The term ‘long COVID’ is causing “unnecessary fear” in the community and should no longer be used, says Queensland’s Chief Health Officer.

According to Dr John Gerrard, who was appointed the state’s top doctor in late 2021, the post-acute sequelae of COVID-19 did not differ from those seen with other respiratory viral infections.