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Long Covid

Expert advice, from diagnosis to treatment and recovery

Steven Faux

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Murdoch Books
30 April 2024
'Evidence-based, balanced, realistic and practical ... Hope is powerful medicine, and this book offers it in spades.' Professor Paul Kelly, Chief Medical Officer

'People with Long Covid need compassion and science, which is what Steven delivers.' Dr Norman Swan

'There is an enormous need for practical and evidence-based information on the understanding and management of Long Covid. This book fills this gap, in a highly accessible, personalised and well-organised manner.' Professor Gregory Dore, Infectious Diseases Physician, St Vincent's Hospital

A practical guide for those affected, their loved ones, and medical professionals.

In a few short years, Long Covid has established itself as one of our most significant health issues, estimated to have affected up to 1 million Australians - and studies suggest that this number is rising. Until now, the lack of understanding and information around this chronic condition has meant that people have largely suffered in silence.

Here for the first time is a comprehensive overview of the disease. Written by Professor Steven Faux AM, one of Australia's leading experts on the treatment of Long Covid, this complete guide draws on up-to-the-minute research, providing: advice on diagnosis, key risk factors and prevention; the very latest on how to identify and manage symptoms; tips for staying positive and dealing with uncertainty; an overview of treatment options, for the short and long term, to ensure ongoing health and recovery; compelling case studies from Australians of all ages living with Long Covid.

This book is essential reading for those experiencing ongoing symptoms following a COVID-19 infection, their loved ones, and the thousands of health professionals trying to navigate this disease on behalf of their patients.
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Imprint:   Murdoch Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   294g
ISBN:   9781761500053
ISBN 10:   1761500058
Pages:   272
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
PART I: DEFINING LONG COVID 1. What is Long Covid and can we prevent it? The origins of the term Long Covid Common Long Covid symptoms What is 'normal' recovery from Covid? Can Covid vaccinations prevent Long Covid? 2. What causes Long Covid? The immune dysregulation theory The micro-clot theory The autoimmune theory The neuro-inflammation theory The microbiome theory 3. Diagnosing Long Covid Red-flag symptoms Risk factors for Long Covid The primary diagnostic criteria How we measure the severity of Long Covid Are certain personality types more likely to get Long Covid? PART II: MANAGING LIFE WITH LONG COVID 4. Managing the main Long Covid symptoms through rehab The role of rehabilitation medicine in Long Covid Fatigue Breathlessness Exercise intolerance 5. Managing other Long Covid symptoms through rehab Anxiety and depression Cognitive impairment (brain fog) Coughing Heart palpitations Pain Loss of smell and/or taste Sleeplessness 6. Managing your mindset Managing the uncertainties of Long Covid Working with your health professionals Managing pacing Caring for someone who has Long Covid 7. Experimental Long Covid treatments and how to approach them The road to approving new drug treatments Taking part in a clinical trial Off-label medications Regulations for vitamins and complementary medicine The medications some doctors have been using to treat Long Covid Other treatments people try 8. Navigating a return to 'normal' How do you know if you're improving? How should you manage your return to work? Will you get Long Covid again? Do you need a flu shot? Should you wear a mask and avoid crowds if you have Long Covid? Can you travel while you have Long Covid? Is Long Covid actually chronic fatigue syndrome? Where to from here? Looking ahead: a cause for optimism CONCLUSION APPENDIX: Making your own pacing schedule ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS NOTES INDEX

Professor Steven Faux is a rehabilitation and pain medicine specialist who co-founded one of the first dedicated Long Covid clinics in Australia at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, and is recognised as one of Australia's leading experts on the treatment of Long Covid. He sat on the NSW COVID-19 Clinical Council and since 2020 he has published and spoken on the rehabilitation response to the disease to The US National Academy of Medicine, The Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. He represents Rehabilitation Physicians on the National Clinical Evidence Taskforce for COVID-19. In late 2022 he was noted as one of Good Weekend's 52 newsmakers of the year for his pioneering work on Long Covid.

Reviews for Long Covid: Expert advice, from diagnosis to treatment and recovery

"'In the preface to this excellent book on Post-Acute Sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC, aka Long Covid), Professor Faux makes a very clear statement: ""we see you"".The rest of the book could easily be summarised as: ""and we are here to help"".This book provides a comprehensive guide for people living with Long Covid and for those who care for them. Professor Faux describes the condition, theories on causation, diagnostic dilemmas and treatment options. It is evidence-based, balanced, realistic and practical. As the author observes at the end of the book, the journey to recovery may be long and hard, but recovery is achievable. Hope is powerful medicine, and this book offers it in spades.'Professor Paul Kelly, Chief Medical Officer and Head of Interim Australian Centre for Disease Control 'People with Long Covid need compassion and science, which is what Steven delivers.' Dr Norman Swan 'There is an enormous need for practical and evidence-based information on the understanding and management of Long Covid. This book fills this gap, in a highly accessible, personalised and well-organised manner.' Professor Gregory Dore, Infectious Diseases Physician, St Vincent's Hospital"


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