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POP BC Briefing #16: COVID-19: “I Wish I’d Known… “

Date: Wednesday, May 16 at 12:00 noon PDT

What is it that people need to know about COVID-19 that they don’t know already? What about people who are tired of hearing about it?

There is a lot that isn’t being communicated well to the general public, especially about long-term effects of the virus. Those who have experienced it know the potential life-changing consequences of the virus, and they would like to warn the people BEFORE they find out the hard way.  

Protect our Province BC hosts two guests: Lynette, a Burnaby, BC resident who is living with Long COVID, and Dr. Neeja Bakshi, an internal medicine physician with extensive experience looking after acute COVID patients in the hospital, as well as running a multi-disciplinary, integrated healthcare Long COVID clinic in Edmonton, Alberta.

Among the topics discussed will be:

  • Is COVID-19 mostly a respiratory illness?
  • What other medical conditions could potentially follow a COVID-19 infection? 
  • What is Long COVID? How can it be treated?
  • What are the chances of developing long-term problems after a COVID infection or reinfection? 
  • What implications does this have for our daily lives?
  • What can we do to avoid these outcomes?
  • And more…

We still have much to learn about Long Covid, how the virus has the potential to disrupt nearly every organ in the body, “how long is long” and what, if any, treatments exist. It’s become clear that COVID-19 is changing people’s lives, with many telling us, “I wish I’d known.”

Join us to learn about Long Covid and other potential long term effects from Lynette’s lived experience and Dr. Bakshi personal and clinical expertise. Find out why we should all continue to use the most effective layers of protection to prevent COVID infection and reinfection.


  • Lynette, Long Covid sufferer from Burnaby, BC
  • Dr. Neeja Bakshi, Internal Medicine specialist in Edmonton
  • Dr. Lyne Filiatrault, MD, Retired Emergency Physician and Protect Our Province BC member

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