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An estimated 1 million people in private households in the UK reported experiencing long Covid in the four weeks to 2 May, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Of these people, an estimated 869,000 first had Covid-19 – or suspected they had Covid-19 – at least 12 weeks previously, while 376,000 first had the virus or suspected they had the virus at least one year ago.
Long Covid was estimated to be affecting the day-to-day activities of 650,000 people, with 192,000 reporting that their ability to undertake day-to-day activities had been limited a lot.
There had been a “marked increase” in the number of people with self-reported long Covid that had lasted for at least a year, the ONS said.
Previous figures, covering the four weeks to 6 March 2021, suggested that 70,000 people in private households in the UK had experienced symptoms of long Covid for at least 12 months. These people would have been infected before 6 March 2020, early in the pandemic and before the peak of the first wave of the virus.
The latest figures, for the four weeks to 2 May, put the number at 376,000 and will include people infected during the peak of the first wave.
Prevalence of self-reported long Covid was greatest in people aged 35 to 69, females, those living in the most deprived areas, those working in health or social care and those with another activity-limiting health condition or disability, the ONS found.
There is no universally agreed definition of long Covid but it covers a range of symptoms such as fatigue, muscle pain and difficulty concentrating.
Fatigue was the most common symptom reported as part of individuals’ experience of long Covid until 2 May (547,000 out of 1 million people), followed by shortness of breath (405,000), muscle ache (313,000) and difficulty concentrating (285,000).
Layla Moran, the Lib Dem MP who chairs the all-party parliamentary group on coronavirus, said: “These figures should serve as a wake-up call to ministers that they must urgently fix the postcode lottery of care facing those with long Covid. Hundreds of thousands of people around the country are struggling with the debilitating impact of this condition yet are still not receiving the care they need.
“Our research has found that long Covid patients are waiting over 100 days for treatment while in some areas the clinics promised by the government have been delayed. The government must take steps to alleviate the suffering faced by those with this cruel disease and factor in the risks posed by long Covid as restrictions are eased.”
Source: The Guardian
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