We’re still learning about the long-term effects of COVID-19, but we know that many people are experiencing mental and/or physical ill health related to the disease.
Some people who have had the disease are experiencing ongoing symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness, headaches, pain, seizures, and loss of taste and smell.
So, we’re encouraging people who have had COVID-19 to stay in touch with their GP. We’re running targeted digital advertising in areas with high numbers of cases in Melbourne’s north west.
We’re also encouraging GPs to keep in touch with their patients who they know had the disease. The Post-COVID-19 Conditions and Referral pathways on HealthPathways Melbourne are being regularly updated. They offer localised clinical guidance for managing patients experiencing issues with their physical and mental health that may result from COVID-19.
Long COVID – translated fact sheet and audio recordings
Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health (CEH) has translated a Victorian Department of Health long COVID fact sheet into 9 languages. It is also available as an audio recording in 5 languages. It raises awareness of long COVID and encourages people to seek care from their GP. Visit the CEH website to download these resources.
The CEH long COVID project focuses on priority communities particularly impacted by COVID-19 in 2020: Somali, Sudanese and South Sudanese, Nepalese, Afghan, Iraqi, Filipino, Pakistani, Indian and Vietnamese in seven local government areas.