Greater than two million folks in England could have had lengthy COVID, in keeping with analysis.
The REACT-2 research present that a couple of third of people that had COVID-19 reported signs lasting for at the very least 12 weeks.
These folks fell into two teams – the commonest signs for the primary group have been tiredness and muscle aches, whereas the commonest for the second group have been shortness of breath, tightness within the chest, and chest ache.
It was famous, nonetheless, that the research was based mostly on folks reporting their very own signs.
As a result of lots of the signs are frequent and never distinctive to the virus, it would over-estimate the prevalence of lengthy COVID.
The findings are based mostly on knowledge from 508,707 adults who took half in Imperial School London’s REACT-2 research between September 2020 and February this 12 months.
The prevalence of lengthy COVID elevated with age, with the chance rising by 3.5% for every decade of life.
It was additionally extra frequent in ladies, people who find themselves obese or overweight, people who smoke, these in disadvantaged areas, and those that had been admitted to hospital.
Professor Paul Elliott, director of the REACT programme, stated: “Our findings do paint a regarding image of the longer-term well being penalties of COVID-19, which should be accounted for in coverage and planning.
“Lengthy COVID remains to be poorly understood however we hope via our analysis that we are able to contribute to higher identification and administration of this situation, which our knowledge and others’ recommend could in the end have an effect on hundreds of thousands of individuals within the UK alone.”
Helen Ward, professor of public well being at Imperial School London, added: “We do not know the way lengthy it would final as a result of we’ve not been right here earlier than.”
The NHS in England has opened greater than 80 lengthy COVID evaluation providers to assist these affected by the illness.
Well being Secretary Matt Hancock stated: “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 £50m of analysis funding out there to assist progressive initiatives, with clinics established throughout the nation to assist enhance the remedy out there.”