"The COVID pandemic has had devastating effects on our society and on human health and mortality. Over the past two years, evidence has emerged to suggest that the impacts of COVID-19 extend beyond the acute phase of the disease which, in some infected individuals, can turn into a chronic illness. In Canada, as of August 2022, more than 1.4 million people – or about 15 percent of adults who have contracted COVID-19 – say they experience symptoms three months or more after their initial SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. These include respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological and cognitive impairments and they can be debilitating.
These longer-term symptoms are collectively identified as post-COVID-19 condition (PCC), or long COVID. PCC is not a homogeneous disease, as different individuals can present different sets of symptoms. Currently, there is no consensus definition of the condition or its diagnosis and few if any clinical practice guidelines are available." - Post-COVID-19 Condition in Canada: What We Know, What We Don’t Know and a Framework for Action
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult situation that has presented particular challenges for people suffering from long-term symptoms associated with a COVID-19 infection, as well as their families and the health care providers providing support to them.
Learning about COVID infection and its long-term implications is critical to developing a better understanding of the course of the disease, what to expect and how to best cope with the overall burden of the disease.
In August 2022, the Division of Continuing Medical Education (CME) at the College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, was contracted by the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) to conduct a Needs Assessment of patients and their families and of health care providers across the province of Saskatchewan, to inform and direct the development of an educational curriculum to form the basis of a provincial Post-COVID Condition education program.
As part of this program, educational resources and live event recordings have been added to this website to facilitate the dissemination of knowledge related to Post-COVID Condition to patients and their families and health care providers across Saskatchewan.