Queensland could open long COVID clinics as doctors seek to understand the condition
ABC News online
10 July 2022
Queensland Health is investigating the possibility of establishing long COVID clinics as the third wave of Omicron intensifies. South Australia, Victoria, NSW and the ACT have already set up long COVID clinics.
Griffith University researchers are investigating biological links between long COVID and patients diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome, or ME/CFS. Professor Marshall-Gradisnik said they were investigating whether dysfunction in cells identified by the Griffith team in ME/CFS patients was also present in people experiencing post-COVID symptoms that could not be explained by another diagnosis.
Based on their work, the Griffith team has identified low-dose Naltrexone as a possible treatment for ME/CFS, a drug already in trial for long COVID patients internationally.
"Because long COVID is in its early stages, research informs how we move forward to address this potential public health situation, so we need more research," Professor Marshall-Gradisnik said.