Before COVID-19 ripped through the population in the summer of 2021, relatively few Australians were acquainted with the term "long COVID".

But when the rate of COVID-19 in the community dramatically increased, and more people reported ongoing symptoms after their infection, long COVID entered the mainstream vernacular. 

Judy Li from Melbourne first spoke to the ABC in October 2021 while in the grip of debilitating fatigue and brain fog.

Working as a project manager, she used up all her annual leave and was on unpaid leave.

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