1. A constellation of syndromes
Long COVID appears to be a constellation of several syndromes which can even overlap in single patient.
2. Multi-organ imaging
In patients with long-COVID, not only the lungs are affected. Multi-organ imaging may play a crucial role in identifying changes throughout the body.
3. Integrated multidisciplinary approaches
The systemic impact of COVID-19 will require us to develop integrated approaches if we want to develop effective diagnostic and management strategies for patients with long COVID. Possible the lessons learnt will serve as examples to extend such integrated approaches to other conditions as well in order to further advance patient-centric care models.
4. Translation into practical solutions
Given the sheer number of individuals affected in combination with a healthcare system that is already under enormous pressure, our accumulating understanding of long COVID should be translated into solutions that are easily accessible and easy to use as part of first-line diagnostic strategies.
The pandemic has shown us how rapidly collaborative efforts can be initiated on a global scale. Also the importance of partnering between industry, academia, healthcare providers and governments has been put to the forefront. Innovative technologies such as AI
and data analytics have great potential, but will fall short if they are developed without understanding of the daily clinical workflows and pressures or how the digital/human interaction should be configured. Ultimately, only by working together we can make clinically effective solutions a reality.
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