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What is long Covid and what are the symptoms?
1 April 2021, 14:57
Long Covid in the UK has impacted over one million people but what exactly is it? And what are the symptoms of long Covid?
Ben Humberstone, Head of Health Analysis and Life Events at the ONS, said: "The Office for National Statistics estimates that over a million people in the UK were reporting symptoms associated with long Covid at the beginning of March 2021, with over two-thirds of these individuals having had (or suspecting they had) Covid-19 at least 12 weeks earlier.
“An estimated 674,000 people reported that their symptoms have negatively impacted on their ability to undertake their day-to-day activities.”
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So what exactly is long Covid? How long does it last? And what are the long Covid symptoms we should be aware of? Here’s the latest on the coronavirus illness:
What is long Covid?
At present, there is no official definition of what long Covid is, however, the term is used to describe the symptoms of Covid-19 that continue for weeks and sometimes months.
The effects of long Covid are currently self-reported rather than clinically diagnosed.
What are the symptoms of long Covid?
Many people who contract coronavirus recover quickly, however, those who report long Covid have listed the following as persisting symptoms for a period of weeks and months:
- Anxiety and depression
- Chest pains
- Joint or muscle pain
- Not being able to think straight or focus - referred to as ‘brain fog’
How long does long Covid last?
Research is still coming to a conclusion on the length of long Covid which has so far lasted anywhere between five months and a year.
This time length includes those who needed hospital treatments and those who didn’t.