Inequity and disparities mar existing global research evidence on Long COVID

Mohammad Hossein Taghrir, Hossein Akbarialiabad, Ashkan Abdollahi, Nasrollah Ghahramani, Bahar Bastani, Shahram Paydar, Babak Razani, John Mwangi, Ali A. Asadi-Pooya, Jamshid Roozbeh, Leila Malekmakan, Manasi Kumar

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Abstract

Since the pandemic began in December 2019, SARS-Cov2 has accentuated the wide gap and disparities in socioeconomic and healthcare access at individual, community, country, and regional levels. More than two years into the current pandemic, up to three-fourths of the patients are reporting continued signs and symptoms beyond the acute phase of COVID-19, and Long COVID portends to be a major challenge in the future ahead. With a comprehensive overview of the literature, we found that most studies concerning long COVID came from high and upper-middle income countries, and people of low-income and lower-and-middle income regions and vulnerable groups with comorbid conditions have been neglected. Apart from the level of income, there is a significant geographical heterogeneity in investigating the Post-Acute Sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC) or what we call now, long COVID. We believe that these recognizing health disparities is crucial from equity perspective and is the first step toward global health promotion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-67
Number of pages5
JournalGlobal Health Promotion
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2023

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Long COVID
  • Long haulers
  • PASC
  • Post COVID syndrome
  • Post-Acute Sequela of COVID-19
  • SARS-Cov2
  • chronic COVID syndrome

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