Managing and Mapping Long Covid in Australia

Australia’s Covid death toll has doubled in the past two months with long-term impacts and death rates demanding an overhaul of the way we measure virus deaths.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released provisional mortality data last week, saying fewer people died in March from Covid, than in the previous two months.

Stay up to date with the latest news with The National Briefing – keep up to date with news as it happens

Despite fairly low figures, there has been an increase in deaths caused by the “long Covid” with 14 reported in March, compared to eight in February.

Described as “long-term conditions, including chronic lung conditions resulting from the virus, deaths are reported in each state or territory’s Covid data.

Health experts warn against viewing the common symptoms of long Covid as indicators of something more sinister.

Co-manager of the long Covid clinic at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, Professor Steven Faux said deaths from long Covid alone are not common,

“What we also see in people who have had Covid for a long time is that the risk of developing heart disease is increased and these events are more serious”

– Teacher False

However, many clinical experts fear that the long Covid is becoming a major problem, with 20% of cases showing symptoms beyond four weeks.

La Trobe University Epidemiologist, Associate Professor Hassan Vallytold newsGP that long recognize Covid “is absolutely as important as the number of people who die.”

“Early on, we recognized that this was more than just a respiratory virus and that in many people symptoms persisted,” he said. “It’s not just a respiratory virus – many organ systems are involved.”

With this in mind, Professor Vally believes that determining the course of long Covid and treatment options must span many years.

“We are learning more every week by following people who have had Covid for a long time,” he said.

Meanwhile, Covid cases and hospitalizations in Australia and New Zealand look like this:

Western Australia

  • New cases: 392
  • Covid-related deaths: 10
  • Admissions to hospital and intensive care: 253 / 9

North territory

  • New cases: 538
  • Covid-related deaths: 0
  • Admissions to hospital and intensive care: 56 / 1

Australian Capital Territory

  • New cases: 997
  • Covid-related deaths: 0
  • Admissions to hospital and intensive care: 69 / 4

queensland

  • New cases: 6,848
  • Covid-related deaths: 9
  • Admissions to hospital and intensive care: 527 / 12

New South Wales

  • New cases: 12,188
  • Covid-related deaths: 10
  • Admissions to hospital and intensive care: 1,743 / 73

Victoria

  • New cases: 10,734
  • Covid-related deaths: 13
  • Admissions to hospital and intensive care: 456 / 32

South Australia

  • New cases: to be determined
  • Covid-related deaths: TBA
  • Admissions to hospital and intensive care: to be determined

Tasmania

  • New cases: 1,213
  • Covid-related deaths: 1
  • Admissions to hospital and intensive care: 40 / 1

New Zealand

  • New cases: 9,830
  • Covid-related deaths: 23
  • Admissions to hospital and intensive care: 473 / 17

Get the latest breaking news from SCA newsrooms across Australia. Short, simple and all you need to know.

Comments are closed.