Five Dutch hospitals are to begin researching the causes of Long Covid, ahead of the green light from the government.
Four projects, involving 40 doctors at five teaching hospitals, will now get underway in the coming month, RTL Nieuws reported. Funding comes from the Long Covid foundation, which has raised €1.5 million so far.
“We can’t wait for the government any longer, said chairwoman Ellen Bark. The government has pledged to fund research but not before next year.
“We have been waiting for a long time,” Bark told RTL Nieuws. “What we are doing now is creating the fertile ground for the bigger research project which the government will fund.”
Some 450,000 people are suffering from Long Covid following an infection with the virus, around 90,000 of whom are seriously disabled by the condition. Many patients have been struggling with tiredness, headaches, muscle aches, brain fog and a lack of concentration for years.
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