Globally, as many as 200 million individuals have experienced long-term health consequences of COVID-19. A recent study estimated that 1.4 million Canadian adults (14.8 per cent of those infected with COVID) would satisfy criteria for long COVID. Long COVID has many symptoms—including fatigue, memory problems, shortness of breath and pain—and is linked to reduced quality of life.
The experiences of people seeking services and supports for long COVID have not been well-documented in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). This study aims to address these gaps by providing in-depth information about the healthcare experiences of a small group of people with long COVID in the GTA. The research also explores the ways in which individual experiences differ, highlights what this could mean for inequity in the GTA, and suggests some ways to improve responses moving forward.