Letter to the Editor
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World J Clin Cases. Sep 26, 2022; 10(27): 9967-9969
Published online Sep 26, 2022. doi: 10.12998/wjcc.v10.i27.9967
Transition beyond the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic: Need to address the long-term health impacts of COVID-19
Constantinos Tsioutis, Andreas Tofarides, Nikolaos Spernovasilis
Constantinos Tsioutis, School of Medicine, European University Cyprus, Nicosia 2404, Cyprus
Andreas Tofarides, State Health Services Organisation, Nicosia General Hospital, Nicosia 2029, Cyprus
Nikolaos Spernovasilis, Infectious Diseases Department, German Oncology Center, Limassol 4108, Cyprus
Nikolaos Spernovasilis, School of Medicine, University of Crete, Heraklion 71003, Greece
Author contributions: All authors equally contributed to manuscript concept and writing; all authors gave their final approval to the manuscript contents.
Conflict-of-interest statement: The authors have nothing to disclose.
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Corresponding author: Nikolaos Spernovasilis, PhD, Director, Infectious Diseases Department, German Oncology Center, Nikis 1, Limassol 4108, Cyprus. nikspe@hotmail.com
Received: July 9, 2022
Peer-review started: July 9, 2022
First decision: August 4, 2022
Revised: August 5, 2022
Accepted: August 21, 2022
Article in press: August 21, 2022
Published online: September 26, 2022
Core Tip

Core Tip: Despite publications and announcements focusing on the current transition phase of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, there is an ongoing need to address the growing population of patients with long-term sequelae due to COVID-19 infection. Therefore, public health organizations and national authorities are required to prepare and support initiatives that can appropriately address long-term disability due to COVID-19. Such initiatives result from close collaboration between health professionals, researchers and patients and span across three pillars: Public health, healthcare systems and research.