Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in December of 2019, the scientific understandings of its health and social risks have evolved. Incomplete, misleading, and even politicized information marred by conflicts of interest has led too many Canadians to believe that COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, cannot be treated, much less prevented, and that once infected the prospects of recovery are not only uncertain but also very likely grim.
This section displays information on the evolving science informing the current, collective understanding of COVID-19. We focus on “Long COVID”, a condition that affects people who after being infected with SARS-CoV-2 and recovering, continue to experience symptoms. This condition is known as Long COVID, and patients experiencing it as Long Haulers (LHs).
Long COVID includes many complications involving the cardiovascular, respiratory, and other systems, that all too often are not diagnosable through the usual tools (e.g., lab tests, x-rays) yet cause debilitating and life-altering symptoms, such as brain fog (hallmark of Long COVID), fatigue, body aches, loss of taste and smell (even if neither occurred during the active illness), and other diverse symptoms.

Notably, many people who experienced severe COVID 19 infections do not become LHs, whereas others who have only experienced mild to moderate forms do. Therefore, diagnosing and treating Long COVID may be challenging, because most primary care providers have still not accumulated enough experience with Long COVID, its multiple manifestations, and its treatment. Thus, there is a need for public information that can be disseminated among patients and practitioners.

We lay out key information in the table below in three categories – myths, facts, and sources – to make it easy for patients and health professionals to share. Importantly, the information also includes protocols for treating Long COVID.
COVID-19 cannot be treated
COVID-19 is treatable. The sooner it is treated the better the outcomes.
COVID-19 cannot be prevented
COVID-19 is preventable. Many safe, effective, and inexpensive drugs, backed by multiple clinical trials, can be repurposed to prevent COVID-19 (e.g., Ivermectin).
Long COVID cannot be treated
While the onset and evolution of Long COVID are unpredictable, much can be done to control it and even cure it. Access to safe, effective, and inexpensive drugs, to combinations of vitamins, minerals, and other nutraceuticals, and to medical professional advice, is critical.

Excellent clinical trials have demonstrated beyond doubt that, while challenging, Long COVID is treatable. One such study involving around 800 patients achieved full cure five weeks after implementing a safe, effective, and inexpensive treatment whose critical component was Ivermectin.
Long COVID cannot be prevented, other than by protecting yourself from acquiring COVID-19 at all costs, thus the pressing need for vaccines.
Long COVID is almost entirely the result of failure to treat COVID-19, much like limb amputations are almost entirely the result of failure to treat diabetes. Both conditions are preventable.

Moreover, many fully vaccinated individuals experience “breakthroughs”, i.e., they develop COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated. This is especially the case as new variants appear in the scene (e.g., Delta variants).
There are no trustworthy sources of information to learn how to protect myself and my loved ones from Long COVID.
There are plenty of trustworthy sources of information that have been gathered since the beginning of the pandemic by excellent and committed health professionals willing to share it.

They can help you protect yourself and your loved ones from Long COVID and prevent COVID-19 to evolve in harmful ways.

The number of such health professionals is expanding daily. They are organizing themselves in groups that offer materials to share with the public and there treating health care providers
Frontline Covid Care Critical Alliance (FLCCC)
https://covid19criticalcare.com/videos-and-press/flccc-lecture-for-ypo-gold-on-ivermectin/ (sign up for free daily updates)

Canadian Covid Care Alliance (CCCA)
https://www.canadiancovidcarealliance.org/ (sign up for periodic updates)

British Ivermectin Recommendation Development Group (BIRD)
https://bird-group.org/ (sign up for periodic updates)

Long Covid Foundation