Dec 16, 2020

Coronavirus: 'Long Covid' impact estimated

Pinning down how many suffer from "Long Covid" has proved elusive, but experimental statistics published on Wednesday have put it at more than 150,000 people. Previous work based on thousands of users of the Covid Symptom Study app from tech company ZOE and King's College London, suggested one in 20 people might suffer symptoms lasting more than eight weeks. Long Covid presents as a range of different symptoms suffered by people weeks or months after being infected, some of whom weren't particularly ill with the virus in the first place. One in 12 people had loss of taste or loss of smell and one in 20 people had shortness of breath. The ONS survey does suggest though, that people with long Covid are generally spared the most severe side-effects.

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