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Jockey Club Long COVID Self-Management Support Services

Updated: Dec 16, 2022

According to the official statistics, more than 2.2 million people have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 in Hong Kong. Evidence shows that certain recovered patients still experience post COVID-19 conditions. These conditions can adversely affect someone's quality of life and performance at work. Meanwhile, it will likely pose a burden to our healthcare system.

Since many people are able to self-manage long COVID symptoms through a multi-disciplinary approach and to promote recovery, the School of Public Health and Primary Care (SPHPC) of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, with a two-year funding from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, has launched the Jockey Club Self-Management Support Services in September this year. This service provides an interactive, personalized and self-directed rehabilitation programme through a website and mobile apps. It is a totally free service for users.

Professor Samuel Wong Yeung Shan, Director of the Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care at CU Medicine, who is also the Programme’s Director, stated, “In our first phase, the team has produced 96 videos featuring of CUHK health care professionals as presenters, discussing 12 common symptoms of 'Long-COVID', including sleep problems, brain fog, stress and anxiety, breathlessness, cough, fatigue, low mood, voice and swallowing problems, joint pain and muscle aches, weight loss, weight gain, reduced muscle and muscle strength. We hope the application is able to support, promote, and encourage a healthier physical and mental life for people with 'Long-COVID', so as to alleviate the effects of related symptoms.”

In addition, this application also provides handy tools to help users formulate rehabilitation goals. It recommends appropriate comprehensive professional rehabilitation care training, self-monitoring and progress tracking for their physical and mental status.

The SPHPC is presently reaching out to the community and hopes to collaborate with a large number of companies, organizations and schools for publicizing the project to benefit patients with "Long-COVID". We can be reached at 9387 4142 (WhatsApp). More information is available on the website, Facebook and YouTube.

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