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e-3229 (Health)

E-petition
Initiated by Janet Willis from Victoria, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas:
  • Recent statistics indicate 50% to 80% of patients contracting COVID-19 will continue with symptoms many months past initial infection;
  • Tens of thousands of Canadians are experiencing ongoing symptoms serious enough to affect their livelihoods, overall health, and ability to function daily;
  • Ongoing symptoms can be serious and may include debilitating fatigue, damage to brain, heart, lungs, kidney or liver, depression, cognitive impairment, life threatening symptoms, and muscle weakness;
  • The Canada Recovery Benefit application requires individuals to seek work, but many with long COVID are unable to do so;
  • Many patients contracting COVID-19 during the first wave were denied testing and now are scrutinized, denied medical help, and blocked from research initiatives and rehabilitation; and
  • Without help, "Long Haulers" are likely to become chronically ill, creating a huge societal and economic crisis for Canada.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Recognize and label long COVID as a health syndrome;
2. Create a registry system for long COVID patients, include this data in Health Canada's daily case count, and consider these patients "Unrecovered" or "Not Infectious";
3. Swiftly fund robust, targeted research of COVID-19 and long COVID; and
4. Establish clinics for diagnosed long COVID patients, whether COVID-19 tested or not, to address medical, cognitive, psychological, rehabilitative and employment issues.
Open for signature
March 3, 2021, at 1:36 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
April 2, 2021, at 1:36 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Elizabeth May (Saanich—Gulf Islands)
April 13, 2021 (Petition No. 432-00771)
Photo - Elizabeth May
Saanich—Gulf Islands
Green Party Caucus
British Columbia
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