The Independent has today (28/10/23) reported on a major new study showing that over 200 different symptoms have been reported in the nearly 2 million long COVID sufferers in the UK. Extreme fatigue, heart palpitations, and hair loss are among the myriad debilitating symptoms patients are struggling with.
A 2021 Lancet study identified 203 long COVID symptoms across 10 organ systems, based on data from over 50 countries. The most common 6+ month symptoms were fatigue and brain fog. The study concluded long COVID involves prolonged multisystem disability.
Recent UK Office for National Statistics data estimates 1.9 million Britons have long COVID, with 1.5 million reporting it adversely affects daily activities. Fatigue, breathlessness, and muscle aches are commonly listed NHS long COVID symptoms.
The new Imperial College London study (July 2023) found 1 in 20 patients have symptoms lasting over a year. There is no cure, with treatment focused on managing symptoms. Long COVID is forcing 1 in 10 sufferers to stop working, costing £1.5 billion in lost earnings annually.
With UK coronavirus cases showing an overall increase recently, there are fears of a further long COVID surge this winter. The condition’s myriad persisting symptoms are disabling millions in the UK with no clear end in sight.
Read The Independent’s article here.