These Are The People Most Likely To Experience Long Covid

Long Covid has been shrouded in mystery for much of the pandemic. But new research has finally shed light on those who suffer from a whole host of symptoms weeks, if not months, after ceasing to be infectious.

New data from the Office of National Statistics has now revealed approximately 1.3 million people in the UK have long self-declared Covid to December 6.

These estimates are based on participants who responded to a survey, rather than all members of the population who had been clinically diagnosed with a long Covid. This is a staggering figure, representing up to 2% of the population.

Trends identified in long-term Covid patients:

  • They are generally between 35 and 69 years old.

  • They are usually women.

  • They could live in a more disadvantaged neighborhood.

  • They work in the fields of health, social services or teaching and education.

  • They deal with another health problem or a disability limiting activities.

The ONS reported that 64% of people who reported themselves to be Covid for a long time said it affected their daily activities.

And of those who told the ONS they had a long Covid – in the month leading up to December 6 – 21% said they confirmed or suspected Covid less than 12 weeks ago.

Around 70% said they confirmed or suspected Covid at least 12 weeks ago, while 40% said they had it at least a year ago.

Symptoms may include:

  • Tired

  • Loss of smell and taste (parosmia)

  • Shortness of breath

  • Difficulty concentrating (brain fog)

  • Insomnia

  • Dizziness

  • Have ants

  • Articular pain

  • Depression and anxiety

  • Chest pain or heart palpitations

  • Tinnitus or earache

  • Feeling unwell, diarrhea, upset stomach or loss of appetite

  • High temperature

  • cough

  • Sore throat

  • Rashes

What is it like to have a long Covid

Support worker Quincy Dwamena, 31, told Palestinian Authority reporters he was a “healthy young man” who “often went to the gym” before falling seriously ill from Covid.

Speaking in August 2021, he said: “I ended up being hospitalized and thought I was going to die.

“My advice is to get yourself vaccinated: don’t put yourself and others at risk, I would have liked to have had mine as soon as it was offered.”

Specialist teacher from London, Megan Higgins, 25, also told PA: “It has now been eight months since I tested positive, and I can’t even walk into stores without being exhausted.


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