Health & Fitness 380,000 in UK have had long Covid for at least a year, survey suggests – but cases have fallen slightly
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An estimated 380,000 people in the UK have experienced long Covid for at least a year, according to new figures – which also suggest there has been a slight fall in cases.
The figures, from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), are based on responses collected from people in private households in the four weeks to July 4.
They also estimate that during the period of the survey, a total of 945,000 people in the UK experienced long Covid – defined as symptoms persisting for more than four weeks after their first suspected coronavirus infection. However, this was down slightly from 962,000 in the ONS’s previous study, in June.
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The number of people suffering long Covid for at least a year was also lower than in the previous survey, when it stood at 385,000.
Long Covid was estimated to be adversely affecting the day-to-day activities of 611,000 people – just under two thirds of those who self-reported the condition. And 182,000 said that their ability to undertake day-to-day activities had been “limited a lot”.
Fatigue was the most common symptom (528,000 people), the ONS found, followed by shortness of breath (388,000), muscle ache (296,000), and loss of smell (285,000).
Prevalence of self-reported long Covid was greatest in people aged 35 to 69, women, those living in the most deprived areas, those working in health or social care, and those with another activity-limiting health condition or disability.
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There is no universally agreed description of long Covid, but it covers a broad range of symptoms such as fatigue, muscle pain and difficulty concentrating.
Esther Crawley, Professor of Child Health at the University of Bristol, said: “Although long Covid in children and young people is less common than in adults, the estimated numbers of those disabled by self-reported long Covid is worrying.
“For example, an estimated 0.47 per cent of young people aged 12 to 16 have self-reported long Covid, and 0.3 per cent of young people aged 12 to 16 (so about half of those self-reporting long Covid) have their activity limited ‘a little’ or ‘a lot’.
“This is across the whole population of adolescents aged 12 to 16 and therefore represents a very large number in the UK.
“As the number of children and young people who get Covid increases, this number developing long Covid is also likely to increase.”
Meanwhile, overall Covid-19 case rates in England among all age groups are continuing to drop, Public Health England said.
The highest rate was among 20 to 29-year-olds, with 611.0 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to August 1 – down slightly week-on-week from 629.3.
The second-highest rate was among 10 to 19-year-olds, down from 669.1 to 512.4. The lowest rate was among people aged 80 and over: 62.3, down from 69.1.
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