An estimated 430,000 Britons have been nonetheless affected by lengthy Covid two years after first contracting the virus, in accordance with data launched by the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics.
One in each 32 folks within the UK was estimated to have some type of lengthy Covid on the finish of July, equal to 2 million folks.
Of these, near three-quarters reported that their signs have been adversely affecting their day-to-day actions, an estimated 1.5 million folks.
Near one-in-five lengthy Covid victims – 384,000 people reported that their capacity to undertake their day-to-day actions had been “restricted lots”.
Fatigue continues to be the most typical symptom reported by people with lengthy Covid, with greater than three in 5 victims (62%) reporting weak spot or tiredness.
A few third of these surveyed reported shortness of breath as certainly one of their signs (37%) whereas problem concentrating (33%) and muscle ache (31%) have been the subsequent most cited signs.
Sure teams are at a better threat of lengthy Covid than others. These included folks aged 35 to 69 years; girls; folks dwelling in additional disadvantaged areas; these working in social care; and people with one other exercise limiting well being situation or incapacity, who’re proportionately extra more likely to endure with lengthy Covid than different teams.
The NHS has responded to the excessive variety of lengthy Covid sufferers by establishing clinics to evaluate, diagnose and deal with them and refer them on to different companies, similar to cardiology departments for these with coronary heart issues.
Nevertheless, the Royal School of Nursing warned in June that there have been too few specialist clinics to deal with the hovering demand for therapy, with solely a tiny variety of victims receiving any assist.
Prof Danny Altmann, an immunologist at Imperial School London and a trustee of the charity Long Covid Support, mentioned present provision within the type of lengthy Covid clinics was “barely managing to scratch the floor of the wants for this large new group of sufferers”.
“It’s unattainable for us to emphasize sufficiently the extent to which the bitter legacy of Covid-19 may be very a lot with us within the blighted lives of those long-hauler, lengthy Covid victims. For a lot of of those folks, the implications have been really life-changing, by way of misplaced capacity to work of their former jobs, to get out of the home, or to do their former actions and hobbies.
“There actually is an pressing want each for extra analysis into potential therapies and for extra scientific service provision.”