Germany’s Ministry of Education and Research is funding ten scholarly projects to better understand the lasting consequence of so-called Long Covid. The EUR 6.5 million set aside for the initiative comes on top of the government’s substantial existing coronavirus research funding.
“A great many Covid-19 patients still suffer symptoms weeks and even months after getting infected – and that independent of how serious their case of the disease was,” said Research and Education Minister Anja Karliczek in a statement. “It’s still a challenge for doctors – and in a special sense for scientists – to care for these patients optimally. We need a solid basis of knowledge about the best ways to help people.”
The ministry says that, according to estimates, some ten percent of all people infected with SARS-CoV-2 suffer from Long Covid or Post-Covid-Syndrome.