Prevention of long COVID: progress and challenges

Long COVID—the umbrella term that encompasses the post-acute and long-term sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection—can be profoundly disabling and might affect people for a lifetime.1 These health consequences affect not only patients and their life expectancy, but also societal wellbeing and economic indicators (labour participation and economic productivity). Preventing long COVID should be a public and a global health priority.