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New analysis exhibits 2 million folks might have had lengthy COVID


  • This quantities to five.8% of the entire examine inhabitants, with 2% reporting extreme signs

  • Prevalence of lengthy COVID elevated with age and was increased amongst ladies 

Over 2 million folks in England are thought to have had a number of COVID-19 signs lasting at the very least 12 weeks based on one of many largest research of the virus funded by the federal government. 

The examine is predicated on self-reported knowledge from 508,707 adults aged 18 and above who took half in REACT-2 rounds 3 to five carried out between September 2020 and February 2021. 

Round a fifth of these surveyed reported having had a COVID-19 symptom beforehand, with over a 3rd reporting persistent signs lasting at the very least 12 weeks. Round a tenth of these with signs mentioned they lasted at the very least 12 weeks and have been extreme.

The findings counsel prevalence of persistent signs, or lengthy COVID, will increase with age, with a 3.5% enhance in chance in every decade of life. It exhibits lengthy COVID is increased amongst ladies, people who find themselves obese or overweight, who smoke, reside in disadvantaged areas, or had been admitted to hospital. Persistent COVID-19 signs have been decrease in folks of Asian ethnicity. 

Well being and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock mentioned:

Lengthy COVID can have a long-lasting and debilitating influence on the lives of these affected. Research like this assist us to quickly construct our understanding of the influence of the situation and we’re utilizing these findings and different new analysis to develop assist and coverings.

We’re studying extra about lengthy COVID on a regular basis and have made £50 million of analysis funding out there to assist progressive tasks, with clinics established throughout the nation to assist enhance the remedy out there.

COVID-19 remains to be a comparatively new illness and to raised perceive its long-term results the federal government is offering scientists with £50 million of analysis funding by the UK Analysis and Innovation (UKRI) and the Nationwide Institute for Well being Analysis (NIHR) to assist guarantee one of the best remedies can be found. 

To assist folks struggling the debilitating long-term results of this virus, the NHS has opened over 80 lengthy COVID evaluation providers throughout England and final week the NHS revealed a £100 million plan to broaden assist, together with £30 million to assist GPs enhance analysis and look after sufferers with lengthy COVID. 

Professor Paul Elliott, director of the REACT programme at Imperial, mentioned:

Our findings do paint a regarding image of the longer-term well being penalties of COVID-19, which have to be accounted for in coverage and planning. Lengthy COVID remains to be poorly understood however we hope by our analysis that we are able to contribute to raised identification and administration of this situation, which our knowledge and others’ counsel might in the end have an effect on tens of millions of individuals within the UK alone.

Folks with persistent signs at 12 weeks fell into 2 broad teams. Within the first the commonest symptom was tiredness and muscle aches. Within the second, the commonest signs have been shortness of breath affecting regular actions, tightness in chest, and chest ache, with extra folks reporting that they’d extreme signs.

Well being Minister, Lord Bethell mentioned:

We’re studying extra about lengthy COVID every single day. Surveillance programmes like REACT-2 are completely important to advancing our understanding of the long-term impacts of COVID-19.

We’re fully dedicated to backing progressive analysis tasks into lengthy COVID. They add to our physique of understanding and assist us develop higher remedies to ensure folks get the assist they want.

The examine was primarily based on self-reported knowledge and since most of the signs are frequent and never particular to COVID-19 it might overestimate the prevalence of persistent signs following COVID-19. 

It provides to the rising physique of proof, together with related analysis from King’s Faculty London and College Faculty London revealed at this time (24 June 2021). 

Background info

Prevalence estimates on this examine have been weighted by age, intercourse, ethnicity, decrease tier native authority (LTLA) inhabitants and deprivation to take account of: 

The purpose was to acquire prevalence estimates that have been consultant of the grownup inhabitants of England as a complete.

The pre-print report is on the market on-line.


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