An estimated 1 million folks in personal households within the UK say they’d lengthy covid within the 4 weeks to 2 Might, based on the newest survey from the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics (ONS).
Of those folks, an estimated 869,000 first had covid-19 – or suspected they’d covid-19 – at the very least 12 weeks earlier, whereas 376,000 first had the virus or suspected they’d it at the very least a yr in the past.
Lengthy covid was estimated to be adversely affecting the day-to-day actions of 650,000 folks, with 192,000 reporting that their capacity to undertake such actions was restricted so much.
Lengthy covid, also called post-covid syndrome, is used to explain unwell results that proceed for weeks or months after a coronavirus an infection.
Frequent signs embrace fatigue, shortness of breath, chest ache or tightness, issues with reminiscence and focus, insomnia, dizziness, joint ache, melancholy and nervousness, tinnitus and diarrhoea.
The earlier figures, protecting the 4 weeks to six March 2021, instructed that 70,000 folks in personal households within the UK had skilled signs of lengthy covid for at the very least 12 months. The brand new determine of 376,000 is markedly larger as a result of it takes in folks contaminated throughout the peak of the primary wave.
The prevalence of self-reported lengthy covid was biggest in folks aged 35 to 69, females, these dwelling in probably the most disadvantaged areas, these working in well being or social care, and people with one other exercise limiting well being situation or incapacity, the ONS discovered.
Fatigue (weak spot or tiredness) was the most typical symptom, affecting 547,000 out of 1 million folks, adopted by shortness of breath (405,000), muscle ache (313,000) and issue concentrating (285,000).
Scientists are nonetheless not sure why some folks expertise such long-lasting sickness, however some research counsel the virus could trigger untimely ageing of the immune system, and this can be a explanation for lengthy covid.
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