Samir Gupta, MD, MSc
Unity Health Toronto, St. Michael’s Hospital, and University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

The COVID-19 pandemic has left no one unaffected – from societal upheaval caused by lockdowns and pubic health restrictions, to school closures impacting our youngest. Many lives have been lost and families destroyed. Yet an ongoing toll of this pandemic, which remains much less well-measured and reported than daily statistics, is the burden of long-term post-COVID symptoms experienced by thousands of Canadians. In this presentation, we will discuss the long-term consequences of COVID-19 disease, focussing on respiratory consequences and attempting to include the patient experience and perspective.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Summarize existing knowledge on the long-term respiratory morbidity associated with COVID-19 infection;
  • Discuss the patient experience of long-term respiratory symptoms that persist or occur after resolution of acute SARS-CoV-2 infection; and
  • Report gaps in existing literature and future areas of focus both for research and for knowledge translation surrounding long-term respiratory complications of COVID-19 infection.

CanMEDS Roles Addressed: Communicator, Health Advocate, Scholar