Health Minister Johannes Rauch (Greens) plans to create a national reference center for post-viral diseases.
This center is intended to serve as a central point of contact to transfer knowledge, coordinate research, and promote change through medical practice. The goal is to “ensure that those affected receive medical care based on the latest scientific findings,” Rauch explained at a symposium on conditions that occur after viral infections.
National reference center for post-viral diseases is planned
Rauch emphasized that treating post-viral diseases remains challenging due to the lack of clear biomarkers and the diversity of symptoms experienced by those affected. The establishment of a national reference center aims to help support research in this area and improve care for those affected.
Interest in post-viral syndromes has increased
Interest in post-viral syndromes, including Long Covid and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), has increased in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. These diseases are characterized by symptoms such as exercise intolerance and pathological fatigue. However, diagnosis and treatment are often difficult due to the involvement of different medical disciplines.
It is estimated that up to 80,000 people in Austria may be affected by post-virus illnesses. The Supreme Medical Council, an advisory body to the Minister of Health, has prepared recommendations for the care of those affected by viral diseases, which, according to Rauch, should be implemented quickly.